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Daniel Graham

Film director, screenwriter and sometime jazz critic...

About Me

Abiding passions have always been jazz and cinema. Didn't ever make it as a trumpet player, just starting now to make a mark in cinema (I hope). Have written on jazz and cinema for many years, my other great passions are classical music, architecture and Greek and Roman philosophy. Have tried to meet as many jazz musicians as possible over the years, these include Henry Grimes, Johnny Griffin, Sunny Murray, Andrew Cyrille, Andrew Hill, Charles Gayle and Pete King. I hope to bring the sophistication and depth of expression of music, both jazz and classical, to the form and content of cinema. Let's see what happens...

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because it is many things to many people all at the one time--sophisticated, plain-speaking, intellectual, emotional, raucous, refined, conservative, avant-garde. I was first exposed to jazz when I listened to my father's Prestige records featuring artists like Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins. I met Henry Grimes in Haarlem (The Netherlands) in 2005 and have been inspired by his life and music since. The best show I ever attended was Andrew Hill, piano solo, Brisbane, 1994. The first jazz record I bought was Charles Mingus Live In Antibes 1960 with Bud Powell. My advice to new listeners...start with Bebop and progress from there, you'll likely catch everyone after this (and before)

My House Concert Story

Not yet...

My Favorites

  1. Cannonball Adderley - In San Francisco: Live At The Jazz Workshop
  2. Louis Armstrong - Louis Armstrong Plays W.C Handy
  3. AIR - Air Song
  4. Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity
  5. Count Basie - The Original American Decca Recordings
  6. Art Blakey - Free For All
  7. Paul Bley - Open to love
  8. Arthur Blythe - Lenox Ave Breakdown
  9. Bobby Bradford - Comin' On (with John Carter)
  10. Anthony Braxton, Milford Graves, William Parker - Beyond Quantum
  11. Peter Brötzmann - Songlines
  12. Clifford Brown - Brown And Roach Inc.
  13. Jaki Byard - The Last From Lennie's
  14. Don Cherry - Complete Communion
  15. Ornette Coleman - At The Golden Circle Volume 1
  16. John Coltrane - Sun Ship
  17. Miles Davis - In Stockholm 1960
  18. Eric Dolphy - At The Five Spot Volume 1
  19. Kenny Dorham - Round Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia
  20. Duke Ellington - And His Mother Called Him Bill
  21. Booker Ervin - The Space Book
  22. Bill Evans- Sunday At The Village Vanguard
  23. Art Farmer - Blame It On My Youth
  24. Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook
  25. Charles Gayle - Touchin On Trane
  26. Stan Getz - Anniversary
  27. Dexter Gordon - Homecoming: Live At The Village Vanguard
  28. Grant Green - Feelin The Spirit
  29. Johnny Griffin - Way Out
  30. Henry Grimes - The Call
  31. Herbie Hancock - Takin Off
  32. Coleman Hawkins - The Genius of Coleman Hawkins
  33. Roy Haynes - Out Of The Afternoon
  34. Joe Henderson - The State Of The Tenor Volume 1 & 2
  35. Andrew Hill - Point Of Departure
  36. Johnny Hodges - Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges
  37. Billie Holiday - The Legacy 1933-1958
  38. Freddie Hubbard - Goin Up
  39. Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue
  40. Keith Jarrett - Live At The Blue Note Complete
  41. J.J. Johnson - The Eminent J.J. Johnson Volume 1
  42. Roland Kirk - Rip, Rig And Panic
  43. Lee Konitz - Alone Together
  44. Steve Lacy - School Days
  45. Booker Little - Out Front
  46. Joe Lovano - From the Soul
  47. Jimmy Lyons - Other Afternoons
  48. John McLaughlin - Extrapolation
  49. Jackie McLean - Let Freedom Ring
  50. Wynton Marsalis - Live At Blues Alley
  51. Brad Mehldau - The Art of the Trio Vol.2
  52. Charles Mingus - Mingus At Antibes 1960
  53. Blue Mitchell - Big 6
  54. Hank Mobley - Soul Station
  55. Modern Jazz Quartet - The Last Concert
  56. Grachan Moncur III - Evolution
  57. Thelonious Monk - Live At The Jazz Workshop Complete
  58. Wes Montgomery - Smokin at the Half Note
  59. Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
  60. Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell - One Time Out
  61. David Murray - The Hill
  62. Oliver Nelson - Blues And The Abstract Truth
  63. Greg Osby - The Invisible Hand
  64. Charlie Parker - The Savoy Master Takes
  65. Evan Parker - At The Vortex
  66. Art Pepper - Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section
  67. Oscar Peterson - Night Train
  68. Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell Volume 1
  69. Profound Sound Trio - Opus de Life
  70. Sam Rivers - Trio Live
  71. Max Roach - Historic Concerts with Cecil Taylor
  72. Sonny Rollins - A Night At The Village Vanguard Complete
  73. Woody Shaw - Master of the Art
  74. Archie Shepp - Mama Too Tight
  75. Wayne Shorter - Schizophrenia
  76. Horace Silver- Doin The Thing At The Village Gate
  77. Jimmy Smith - The Sermon
  78. Cecil Taylor- The Eighth
  79. McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy
  80. Sarah Vaughan - Sarah Vaughan
  81. Mal Waldron and Steve Lacy - Live at Dreher Paris 1981
  82. Ben Webster - Saturday Night at the Montmartre
  83. Larry Young - Unity