biography

“I'd like to point out to people the divine in a musical language that transcends words. I want to speak to their souls.” - John Coltrane

Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Dean Magraw has fine-tuned his passionate “Heavy Meadow” approach to music from years of performing and recording with some of the finest musicians in the North America, Europe, and Japan.

“Dean Magraw… so liquid, lyrical and effortless it’s like listening to a dancer.” -Steve Tibbetts

“Dean Magraw's guitar playing transcends, transports and lifts the soul to a higher level as he weaves, cajoles and entices every note from his instrument… Just as important are the silences with which he knits his music… these can only come with being at one with one's art….”  -Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan)

“…the six-string hovers into the frame, making the full, noir-ish melody glow like a neon sign through a big-city hotel window…” -Downbeat Magazine

“Over the past five decades, guitarist Dean Magraw has ventured from jazz to rock to myriad variations of folk and world music, shifting in volume, tempo, and texture, but always deeply soulful.” -City Pages

“…every note resonant with strength and beauty.” -birdistheworm.com

On August 25th, 2009 Dean received a bone marrow transplant to totally replace and restart a new immune system in his body. The path to recovery evolved into a long and challenging journey that continues into this moment. Deep Gratitude to the Healers both human and Divine…

Dean Magraw

Collaborators

There are many others… my great teachers; I have learned so much from you all…

  • Garrison Keillor · Prairie Home Companion
  • Altan · trad. Irish
  • Paul Schaeffer · David Letterman
  • Nigel Kennedy · violin
  • Eric Kamau Gravatt · drumset, percussion
  • Claudia Schmidt · vocals, mountain dulcimer, guitar
  • Peter Ostroushko · mandolin, violin, guitar
  • Anthony Cox · bass
  • Butch Thompson · piano
  • Eight Head · whirled jam family
  • Richard Dworsky · piano
  • The Big Wu · jam band family
  • Marcus Wise · tabla
  • John Snow · oboe
  • Steve Tibbetts · guitar
  • JT Bates · drumset
  • Fareed Haque · guitar
  • Pepper Adams · saxophone
  • Dave King · drumset
  • Jim Anton · bass
  • Prudence Johnson · vocals
  • Andy McKee · guitar
  • Pat Donohue · guitar
  • Marc Anderson · percussion
  • Chico Huff · bass
  • John Williams · accordion, concertina, flute
  • Daithi Sproule · guitar
  • Megan Flood · dance, choreography
  • Tim Sparks · guitar
  • Peter Finger · guitar
  • Willie Murphy · guitar, piano, vocals
  • Mike Marshall · guitar, mandolin
  • Ustad Sultan Khan · sarangi
  • Darol Anger · violin
  • Masahiro Nitta · shamisen
  • Bryan Nichols · piano
  • David Whetstone · sitar
  • Nirmala Rajaseker · vina, vocals
  • Bruce Henry · vocals
  • Billy McLaughlin · guitar
  • Pooja Goswami · vocals
  • A Tribute to Mingus
  • Billy Petersen · bass
  • Gordy Knudtson · drumset
  • Red Planet
  • Francois Corneloup · saxophone
  • Dominique Pifarely · violin
  • Byron Berline · violin
  • Leroy Jenkins · violin
  • Ricky Ford · saxophone
  • Davu Seru · drumset, percussion
  • Dan Newton · accordion
  • Bruce Kurnow · harmonica, stringed harp, keyboards
  • Power Circus
  • Ruth MacKenzie · vocals
  • Peter Johnson · drumset
  • Bilal Chisti/Dhruv Sangari · qawali vocals, harmonium
  • Gary Raynor · bass
  • Richard Hedlund · bass
  • Alan Dworsky · percussion, guitar
  • Heather Jansz · vocals
  • Tom Hubbard · bass
  • Jay Epstein · drumset
  • Chris Bates · bass
  • Sandor Szabo · guitar
  • Franco Morone · guitar
  • Falk Zenker · guitar
  • Jacques Stotzem · guitar
  • Isato Nakagawa · guitar
  • Kevin Washington · drumset
  • Jay Young · bass
  • Brandon Wozniak · saxophone
  • Dave Karr · saxophone
  • Robin Pluer · vocals
  • Lorie Line · keyboards
  • Phil Hey · drumset
  • Gordy Johnson · bass
  • Lidia Berman · percussion, vocals
  • Jayati Weerakuun · sitar
  • Wynne Fricke · dance, choreography
  • Chritine Maginnis · dance, choreography
  • Devin Carey · dance, choreography
  • Chris Aitkin · dance
  • Paul Storms · guitar
  • Katja Linfield · cello
  • Peter McGuire · violin
  • Phil Aaron · piano
  • Dan Chouinard · piano
  • Adi Yeshaya · piano
  • Radim Zenkl · mandolin