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Tribute to Graham Wood: Jazz Extraordinaire Photos Bohdan Warchomij July 31, 2017

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Perth jazz composer Graham Wood has died aged 46 after losing his battle with cancer.

Wood was a stalwart of the West Australian jazz scene, co-owner of The Ellington Jazz club and founder of the Perth International Jazz Festival.

An acclaimed pianist, he released five LPs under The Graham Wood Trio and was Associate Professor of teaching and learning at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

WAAPA’s associate dean of music Stewart Smith said Wood was a talented musician and entrepreneur.

“He was a chameleon really as a player, able to dip into any style and genre of jazz but always maintaining that distinctive voice.

“Unlike many other jazz musicians Graham was also an astute entrepreneur who against all odds started not only a successful jazz club in Perth but also a successful international jazz festival.”

Mr Smith said Wood “made an invaluable and significant contribution to WAPPA and to the music education of many hundreds of students”.

Wood’s fiancee Alex Serras posted an emotional tribute to her “best friend” on Facebook.

“Ahh my love. What we feared for so long has happened,” she wrote.

“I’ve never seen such courage & class even in the hardest hours.

“Thank you for being my best friend and for 7 years of memories I will cherish forever. I will miss you every day until I see you again.”


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