It is with great sadness we regret to inform you of the passing of WAAPA Associate Dean Associate Professor Graham Wood PhD WAAPA on Wednesday, 19 July 2017. Graham passed peacefully surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Dr Graham Wood was a colleague, friend, teacher and mentor to so many people. He was an incredible musician, educator and entrepreneur. His history with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts stretches back 27 years to his time as an undergraduate student through to his appointment as Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning in 2016.
As a professional pianist, arranger and composer he toured extensively nationally and internationally and worked with many renowned international artists including Frank Foster, Sam Rivers, Ernie Watts, Sheila Jordan, Dave O’Higgins, Cindy Blackman, Dave Weckl, Claire Martin, Reggie Workman, Ingred Jensen, Mark Murphy, Greg Osby, Bob Sheppard, Carmen Lundy, Chris McNulty, Paul Bollenback, George Garzone, Mike Moreno, Gretchen Parlarto, Howard Levy, Jon Gordon and Fred Wesley. As an entrepreneur he started the Perth International Jazz Festival and the successful Ellington Jazz Club.
Graham was a great advocate for music education and was very proud of his PhD research which covered Prevelance, factors and effects of Performance Related Medical Disorders (PRMD) among tertiary-trained jazz pianists in Australia and the United States. His work is published internationally in the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) journal and he made regular presentations at the Performing Arts Medical Association annual symposium in Aspen, Colorado.
Graham’s impact on this institution, its students, staff, patrons and the entire Western Australian music community cannot be understated. On behalf of the WAAPA and Edith Cowan University communities, we send our deepest condolences to Graham’s family and friends.