As I’ve noted in previous blogs in this series, jazz on New Zealand radio was split about 70-30% between local live broadcasts and international recordings, and until the 1950s all jazz records broadcast on radio in New Zealand were by default international as we didn’t have a local recording industry. That 30% of jazz content […]

Most of what I’ve talked about in this blog series is broadcast radio from the point of view of the industry and what was happening, but the audience experience of listening to broadcast radio in the 1920s and 1930s is actually super interesting. I mentioned in the second blog that listening to the radio was […]

Any of you who have been reading this blog or my work over at Audioculture for a while now know that I’ve written quite a bit about some of the international bands that made extensive tour/residencies in Aotearoa during the 1930s. You can read about those bands and tours here and here, and while I […]

As I noted in the previous blog, early radio was more often than not live rather than playing recordings. This decision was partly to do with cost (both of purchasing records, and of having to pay the newly formed Australasian Performing Rights Association- APRA- mechanical licencing fees), and partly to do with giving audiences a […]

With the establishment of the Radio Broadacasting Company (RBC) came official programming guidelines and regular timetabling for broadcast. Radio schedules weren’t all day evey day immediately. Each station had a silent day, and there were silent periods in the day as well. It wouldn’t be until the 1930s that there was programming for most of […]

17 November marks a century of broadcast radio in New Zealand. When I thought about doing this blog it was initially just as a little whirlwind overview, but as I was asked by people in radio to help out with background material for their shows, I realised that jazz on the radio in New Zealand […]

In August 1921 one of the most infamous articles of the early jazz era was published in The Ladies Home Journal: Does Jazz Put The Sin In Syncopation? Written by Anne Shaw Faulkner it discusses, and condemns the new phenomenon of jazz. The Ladies Home Journal was a popular US women’s magazine published from 1883-2016. […]

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Many of you may not be aware, but I don’t have an institution supporting my research work, so I’ve been doing this without any resources other than a few grants along the way. However, as you may have noticed with the random frequency of my blog posts, it’s getting harder and harder to sustain research […]

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The one interesting and frustrating thing about researching jazz in New Zealand, particularly looking at the 1920s and early 1930s is seeing how many women led dance bands that played jazz, and how infrequently you can actually find out who they are from press reports and advertising! There was a convention in the press in […]

I’ve just posted a review on my substack of a fabulous, very soon to be released new jazz album from Wellington based saxophonists Jasmine Lovell-Smith and Jake Baxendale, please check it out: