Born in Santa Monica, CA, guitarist Graham Dechter began his study of music at the age of 5 when he started taking violin lessons and composing orchestral pieces. He discovered his passion for guitar and jazz at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the prestigious residential arts high school. Upon graduation, Graham entered the Jazz Studies program at the Eastman School of Music. In 2005, after completing a year at Eastman, Graham moved back to Los Angeles after being invited by Jeff Hamilton to join the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (CHJO). He was 19 at the time and became the youngest member of the acclaimed orchestra. He has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia and has performed and recorded with some of the most respected names in music including Michael Buble, Benny Golson, James Moody, John Pizzarelli, Larry Goldings, Jon Hendricks, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Elling, Billy Taylor, Benny Green, Bill Charlap, Paquito D'Rivera, Curtis Fuller, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Clark Terry, Snooky Young and Wynton Marsalis.