BIO

Saxophone & Flute

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Graham’s career as a prolific performer, composer, arranger, producer, and major contributor to Australian music, spans more than 30 years. For 18 years, Graham played in the Channel 9 Midday Show Studio Orchestra and as one of the staff arrangers for Channel 9 during this period, he also wrote numerous arrangements and orchestrations for a wide range of notable performers.
Graham continues to work in diverse settings, from jazz clubs to concert halls, on live television and in recording studios, where he is trusted as one of Australia’s “A” list session musicians. The Sydney Musician’s Union voted Graham most outstanding studio woodwind instrumentalist as part of the Bicentennial Music Week Awards, and his composition, ‘Shoalhaven Sunrise’ (recorded by the Sydney All Star Big Band) received an APRA nomination for Most Performed Australian Jazz Work in 2006.
He has released several recordings as leader or co-leader, and currently plays with, and composes for, the award-winning Sydney All Star Big Band. In 2012, Graham orchestrated the score for the world premiere of the musical, An Officer and a Gentleman.

Selected Recording Credits

Graham Jesse and Adrian Cunningham, “BLOW”
Graham Jesse, “In The Flow” & “Reflections”
Sydney All Star Big Band, “Doin’ Our Thing” & “Pyldriver”
Bonnie J Jensen, “Lucky So & So” & “S H I M M E R”
Helen Fenton, “The Simple Life”
Anthony Warlow, “Face The Music”
Silverchair, “Diorama”
Pamela Knowles, “Boite de Jazz” & “Love Dance”
Frank Bennett, “Cash Landing”
David Campbell, “Yesterday is Now”
Kerrie Biddell, “The Singer”
Gondwana, “Travelling”
Grace Knight, “Gracious” & “Stormy Weather”
Tommy Emmanuel, “Dare to be Different” & “Up from Down Under”
Marc Hunter, “Night and Day”
Ricky May, “Fats Enough”
Bruce Cale, “The Bruce Cale Orchestra Live at The Basement”
Compared to What, “Compared to What featuring Kerrie Biddell”
Daly Wilson Big Band, “Too Good for a One Night Stand”

Selected Performing Credits

Sydney All Star Big Band
Peter Allen
Daly Wilson Big Band
The Temptations
Randy Crawford
Sydney Dance Company
Sydney Theatre Company
Randy Brecker
Ernie Watts
West Side Story
Featured soloist TCN 9 Studio orchestra (Midday Show) for 18 years
Australian Idol

Selected Composing Credits

Graham Jesse, “In The Flow” & “Reflections”
Sydney All Star Big Band, “Doin’ Our Thing” & “Pyldriver”
Helen Fenton, “The Simple Life”
Pamela Knowles, “Boite de Jazz”
Sydney Dance Company, “In The Company of Women”
The Broadcasters, “Dumped By A Wave” (Music & Art project)
Bonnie J Jensen, “Shimmer”

Selected Arranging & Orchestrating Credits

Australian Idol (TV Program)
Hot Shoe Shuffle
Tom Burlinson, Sinatra Show
Katie & Maggie Noonan with the Queensland Orchestra, “Two of a Kind”
Alfio, “Tranquillita”
Wayne Scott Kermond, “Candyman” Show
An Officer and a Gentleman (Musical)

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra