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 (often as a featured soloist) in TV’s Channel 9 “Midday Show” Studio Orchestra. As one of Channel 9’s Staff Arrangers during this period, he also wrote numerous arrangements and orchestrations for a wide range of notable performers.
Trusted as one of Australia’s “A” list session musicians, Graham continues to work in diverse settings, from concert halls to jazz clubs, recording studios and live television.
The Sydney Musician’s Union voted Graham Most Outstanding Studio Woodwind Player and his composition, ‘Shoalhaven Sunrise’, (recorded by the Sydney All Star Big Band), received a 2006 APRA Nomination for “Most Performed Australian Jazz Work”.
Graham has produced and 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, he orchestrated the score for the world premiere of the musical, “An Officer and a Gentleman”.
Bonnie was introduced to Graham in 2001 when he was chosen to play tenor sax on her debut album “Lucky So & So”. They have continuously collaborated since, appearing together on numerous jazz festival and club stages interstate and internationally. In 2012, Graham travelled to Japan and Mongolia with Bonnie for Festival and Jazz Club appearances; they have co-written music and co-produced Bonnie’s well-lauded 2010 album release, “SHIMMER”.
Ashley received his Bachelor of Music from the City College of New York where he studied in depth with jazz bass legend Ron Carter and it is his technical and harmonic concepts that Ashley uses as a primary foundation for his own teaching and playing.
He has been awarded two Australia Council of The Arts grants, the first for study in New York with Todd Coolman PhD and the second for the production of his own CD “Beautiful Open Spaces”
Ashley cites his extended musical relationships with a core group of amazing musicians while living in New York as most influential to his development. These include guitarist Sheryl Bailey, drummers Steve Little (Duke Ellington), Ian Froman (Rick Margitza), Jeff Brillinger (Stan Getz, Chet Baker), Eliot Zigmund (Bill Evans Trio) and Alison Miller (Lonnie Smith, Ani diFranco)
Currently based in Sydney he has worked with most of Sydney’s well known jazz musicians and in the last two years has recorded and/or performed live with Australian musicians Andrew Dickeson, Nick Hempton, Carl Dewhurst, Wayne Kelly, Adrian Mears, Andrew Speight and USA artists Todd Hunter, Champion Fulton, Eric Alexander, Bruce Forman, Sheryl Bailey and Veronica Swift.