Graham Collier's career spans four decades of innovation at the forefront of British jazz. He was the
first British graduate of the Berklee School of Jazz, Boston, and the first British jazz composer to receive
a commission from the Arts Council. During this time composition, conducting, education and
journalism have taken him around the world.
He was born in Tynemouth, England, in 1937. On leaving school he joined the British Army as a
musician, spending three years in Hong Kong. He subsequently won a down beat magazine scholarship
to the Berklee School of Music in Boston, studying with Herb Pomeroy and becoming its first British
graduate in 1963.
Returning to Britain, he formed the first of many line-ups known as Graham Collier Music, dedicated to
performing his own compositions