08 May 2009

Graham Hawthorne

Graham Hawthorne came to ACM to talk about playing with the likes of Dave Leibman and Jon Hendricks and touring with numerous pop acts including Aretha Franklin, Liza Minelli, Debarge, Crystal Gayle, Melissa Manchester, and Burt Bacharach.

Having played and recorded with such varied artists as David Byrne, Bon Jovi, James Brown, Joan Osborne, N’dea Davenport, Donna Summer, Francis Dunnery, Lori Carson, Linda Eder, Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws, Noel Pointer, David Lynch (Lost Highway), and Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse). In 2001 he took over the drum chair with Paul Simon from drumming legend Steve Gadd.

In recent years Graham has made frequent trips to Africa, South America, and various islands to study and research music. The fruits of these labours are reflected in his work with world music artists Hasan Hakmoun (Morocco), Tohnino Horta (Brazil), Harry Belafonte, El General/C+C music factory (Latin dancehall), Aster Aweke (Ethiopia), Richard Bona (Cameroon), Ruben Rada (Uruguay), and others.

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