"RISING STAR JAZZ GUITARIST"
--2013 Downbeat Critics Poll
"TOP 10 ARTISTS YOU SHOULD HAVE HEARD IN 2012"
"#1 JAZZ CD (TAKIN' IT THERE)"
--JazzWeek Radio Charts
An accomplished guitarist, composer and arranger, Graham Dechter plays with the kind of swinging authority and seasoned maturity that belies his young age. The 26-year-old Los Angeles native, a member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra since he was 19, shows a deep reverence for the jazz guitar tradition in his warm-toned renditions of ballads, bossas, bebop and blues. A formidable soloist and consummate accompanist, he imbues standards with rare enthusiasm and an inherent bluesiness while carving out his own path with several affecting original compositions.
Over the past six years, Dechter has toured worldwide appearing at major festivals in North America, Asia and Europe. In 2011, he played on Michael Bublé's best-selling Christmas album and made followup television appearances backing the popular singer on The Today Show, Regis & Kelly, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting and on Michael Buble's NBC Christmas special. Dechter's burgeoning list of credits includes work with saxophonists Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Charles McPherson and James Moody, guitarists John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mundell Lowe and Russell Malone, organists Larry Goldings and Atsuko Hashimoto, singers Jon Hendricks, Nancy Wilson and Kurt Elling, violinist Regina Carter, pianists Billy Taylor, Freddy Cole, Benny Green and Bill Charlap, clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, trombonists Curtis Fuller and Wycliffe Gordon and trumpeters Terell Stafford, Clark Terry, Snooky Young and Wynton Marsalis.
While most contemporary jazz guitarists today are coming out of the six-string trinity of John Scofield, Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell or heavily emulating modern day guitar stars like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dechter's tastes are firmly rooted in a different aesthetic. A talent deserving of wider recognition, Dechter follows in the lineage of his guitar heroes like Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, Grant Green and Herb Ellis. "I tend to veer towards the real swinging stuff," says Dechter. "I love listening to and appreciate many different styles of music, both within and out of the jazz idiom. But in terms of my own conception, I really live in that swinging realm. Guitarists like Wes Montgomery and Barney Kessel, as well as other instrumentalists like Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Ben Webster -- all of those musicians have been a huge influence on my playing."
Traces of the Kessel and Ellis influence can be heard on Dechter's debut as a leader, 2009's soulfully swinging "Right On Time" (Capri), which featured the all-world rhythm section of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra in pianist Tamir Hendelman, bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton. Those three stellar talents are back on board for the guitarist's 2012 follow up, "Takin' It There" (Capri), which peaked at the #1 spot on the jazz radio charts.
MUSICAL GROUPS (Please Inquire For Special Instrumentation Requests):
*GRAHAM DECHTER "ALL-STAR" QUARTET (as seen in videos)
Graham Dechter, Guitar; Tamir Hendelman, Piano; John Clayton, Bass; Jeff Hamilton, Drums
*GRAHAM DECHTER QUARTET
Instrumentation: Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums
*GRAHAM DECHTER TRIO
Instrumentation: Guitar, Bass, Piano OR Drums
*GRAHAM DECHTER DUO
Instrumentation: Guitar with Various Instrumentalists (Saxophone, Piano, Guitar, Bass, etc.) OR Vocals
*GRAHAM DECHTER SOLO
Instrumentation: Solo Acoustic/Electric Guitar
SPECIAL MUSICAL TRIBUTE BANDS (Please Inquire For Instrumentation Details):
*Wes Montgomery Tribute
*Nat King Cole Tribute
*Oscar Peterson Tribute
*Barney Kessel Tribute
*Sarah Vaughan/Barney Kessel Tribute
*Great American Songbook Tribute
(Tributes to composers such as: George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rogers, etc.)