James Graham is a professional piano player, organist, composer and piano tutor based in Bristol. He has performed all around the world as a solo performer and with various other artists, and tours regularly in the U.K. After performing extensively as a resident pianist in three different Bristol venues, he now writes, records, tours and arranges regularly with internationally acclaimed artists such as Hannah Williams and Ephemerals. He also has a vast portfolio of original jazz and classical piano compositions and orchestral works. He has recently composed, arranged and directed the latest Hannah Williams album entitled 'Late Nights and Heartbreak' released on Record Kicks (IT).
James studied Music at the University of Leeds and graduated with Honors in 2011. Whilst studying he worked as a self-employed piano and music theory tutor. In 2010 he was awarded winner of the Leeds Music College Silent Film Competition with his composition 'A Life In The Night', which was performed in the University Clothworker's Concert Hall by a 40 piece orchestra. In 2011 he travelled to the Middle East to perform as a solo pianist. For over a decade James has been a resident solo piano performer for the touring festival venue The Peoples Front Room. Now he works as Musical Director for the venue, organising over 80 musicians to perform across the festival season, at events such as Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Boomtown and Shambala. In 2017, James will embark on a European tour promoting Ephemerals' 3rd studio album (released on Jalapeno Records, UK). He will be directing music at the People's Front Room at 7 different festivals, and will record, compose and direct 3 more studio albums with Hannah Williams, Three London Planes and Bombs.
"'James Graham is a terrific all-rounder - pianist, singer, composer, band-leader...Whether as a solo performer or as frontman of a group, he shows genuine confidence and poise and has a very warm stage presence. In short, he has not only admirable technical skill but also the ability to communicate with his audience."
Simon Warner, rock journalist [Guardian]
Daptone Records on Hannah Williams
"A Favourite" - The Living Room Restaurant
Performing in Paris with Hannah Williams
Performing for Oman Sail, Muscat, October 2011
"James Graham is a very talented and original pianist and composer"John Blakely, Bristol Music Advocator
An original composition manuscript for Piano, entitled 'For Stef', composed March 2016.