Haakon Graf

US Marina del Rey, CA Jazz / jazzfunk / latinjazz


  • Haakon Graf Composer
  • Per Mathisen Bass
  • Erik Smith Drums
  • Dennis Chambers Drums
  • Gary Grainger Bass
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Sounds Like: Haakon Graf Music, GRAFITTI, Haakon Graf Trio

Label: GMP / Nordicrecords

Manager: Dirk Feys, Tsahara Agency, Belgium ( Europe ) Peggy Jo Oliva Agency ( USA )

Bio: Haakon Graf piano / keyboards,
born march 21 1955, Oslo Norway
European Grammy Award winner 1978 for best electric jazz record with drummer Paal Thowsen.
Grammy judge 1998 jazz category.
Both as a leader and sideman
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Phil Collins,Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, F... See Full Bio

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" Few, if any norwegian musicians, has a more impressive list of merits than Haakon Graf. And You don't need many minutes in the company of the keyboard virtuoso to understand why worldclass musicians and artists want him on their team. Haakon Graf plays around in a LA fusion landscape with a variation that documents Graf's ability and gifts as a musician, composer and arranger. Each track provides new elements and expressions, elegant transmissions and sophisticated breaks spiced up with latin rhythms and westcoast references. It's been 15 years since Graf's last record, now he has loaded up his fusion gun and hits bullseye with a sharpshooters precision. The result is extremely enjoyable. The title track is a good example and hits the top level of the scale either you're in the car, having a drink on the terrace or just want to listen to some incredible good music. "
—  Moss Avis, Knut Eigil Nesselquist
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    Dennis Chambers & Graffiti Initiated and led by Norweigen bandleader, producer & keyboardist Haakon Graf after hearing Chambers and Grainger at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 1988, Grafitti is a quartet, which features top notch veterans, and a newby on music scene today. Original drummer with Santana and original P-Funk Dennis Chambers, bassist Gary Grainger (John Scofield), extremely versatile and talented young French guitarist U-Nam, and the man behind it all, keyboardist Haakon Graf, will be performing some of the best Jazz fusion on this planet. Their music is a perfect blend of Funk, Jazz, Nu-Jazz, and Latin. Graf behind the keys is worth the ticket price alone. DENNIS CHAMBERS - DRUMS: Dennis Chambers has recorded and performed with John Scofield, George Duke, Brecker Brothers, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, CAB, Greg Howe, and many others. Despite a lack of formal training, Chambers has become well known among drummers for his technique and speed.[citation needed] Chambers is particularly regarded for his ability to play "in the pocket" but can also stretch very far out of the pocket which is also a hallmark of his technique.[citation needed] Chambers exhibits a powerful style that is technically proficient, yet highly musical and groove-oriented.[citation needed] He can play in a wide variety of musical genres, but is perhaps most notable for his jazz-fusion, funk, and Latin music playing. He is mostly known for his fast hands and triplets on the bass drum. He has helped many young drummers, the most prominent being Tony Royster, Jr. He has been part of the Maceo Parker live band and is touring with Carlos Santana and makes appearances with his band Niacin. GARY GRAIGNER - BASS Gary Grainger's remarkable credits include four years in John Scofield's band playing with Dennis Chambers. He has played with Frank Gambale, George Duke and done innumerable studio dates with musicians like Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire. Gary Grainger is also a PRS tradeshow clinician and plays bass in the Paul Reed Smith band. HAAKON GRAF - KEYS European Grammy Award winner Haakon Graf was born in Oslo. As a leader and sideman he has been performing with Phil Collins,Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, Frank Gambale, Dennis Chambers, Gary Grainger, Paul Jackson & Mike Clark ( Headhunters ) Harvey Mason ( CD project ) ECM artists like Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Palle Mikkelbord and Jon Christensen, Jack DeJohnette, Miroslav Vitous.

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  • LaGrone ☼ (Artist) LaGrone ☼
    Boooy Herbal Music is SO groovy'! Don't stop it Haakon, there is no limit to the joy you can provide...I hope to have band mates like you in the near future ~ You.Are.Good....
  • Ric McNaughton (Artist) Ric McNaughton
    serious groove going on here !!
  • Sadie Blu (Artist) Sadie Blu
    Very nice! Excellent vibe! Wishing you all the best! :o)
  • MykoMan (Artist) MykoMan
    Great tune's you have you here!... enjoying the listen. Check us out when you can! It would be much appreciated!! ~MykonMan
  • Bobby Soul & Blind Bonobos (Artist) Bobby Soul & Blind Bo...
    an honour mr. graf!
  • Gail Chasin (Artist) Gail Chasin
    You are just cruizin' thru life, aren't you!?! And from what I can see and hear, you're really having fun. Love the vibe and energy you put out. Thank you.
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