Graham is a multi-instumentalist, vocalist, composer & teacher, best known on the Southend jazz/funk scene as leader of fusion bands “Export” and “Graham’s Funk 5ive”, as well as playing alongside Kenny Baxter in local jazz funk favourites “Turntable”.
Additionally, Graham runs his own highly successful function band “The Alvin Jones Band” , fronts his own jazz quartet, and is jazz soloist in the “The Mervyn Wright Big Band”.
Graham was the the original trumpeter in Essex based Soul Bands “The All Crucial British Soul Band”, “Junior Jump & The Bottom Line” and “Stud 100” and still helps out when they are short of either trumpet or trombone. He also regularly works with top class function bands “Mystic Soul Band”, “Elco Jones” and “Diaz”, as a brass player and/or lead vocalist.
Graham got up and jammed on a few tracks with funk supergroup ” The Perceptions” when they played in Southend recently. This band features some old friends that Graham has gigged and recorded with over the years, including latin & DJ star Snowboy (percussion), plus Neil Robinson (drums) and John Wilmott (sax) both formally of “The James Taylor Quartet”
Specialising on Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and the more exotic Bass Trumpet (this is similar to a valve-trombone), Mellophone (this is like a forward-facing french horn), and wind synthesiser, Graham is equally at home as a bandleader or as a sideman with such jazz luminaries as jazz/soul saxist Derek Nash & guitar giant Esmond Selwyn.
When performing, Graham is well known as a ‘crowd pleaser’, playing to the mood of the crowd as well as displaying that all-important ‘feel’ for his instrument. He is at ease playing music right across the board from soul and funk, to bebop and straight-ahead jazz.
This variety of musical styles is reflected in ‘The Graham Hunter Quartet’, who are regulars at various jazz venues such as The Belvedere in Billericay, The Railway Inn in Southend, Henry’s Restaurant & Bar in Averley, The Peterboat and Ye Olde Smack in Old Leigh. This quartet features some top-class jazz musicians and comes in two flavours.
- There’s a “Cool Jazz” version in which Graham plays and sings the uber-cool West Coast sound of the likes of Chet Baker incorporating the American songbook.
- Then there’s an “jazz-funk-fusion” version. In this, double-bass is replaced by electric bass and the repertoire calls on compositions by Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, George Duke, The Crusaders and some of Graham’s Originals.
As a new side-line, Graham is now performing as a solo act and as a duo/trio covering the hits of “The Rat Pack” and “Michael Buble” plus some other pop, soul and jazz hits.
Adaptability and professionalism is the name of the game and Graham strives to ensure bookers, audiences and band-leaders get what they want from him.