Monthly Archives: February 2015

New Zealand’s First Jazz Recording

In December 1930 New Zealand’s first jazz recording was made: a one minute publicity film of Epi Shalfoon and His Melody Boys performing a Dixieland arrangement of a popular Māori song E Puritai Tama E (also known as He Pūru Taitama). The fact that the first jazz recording made in New Zealand was a film […]

Nathan Haines +DOG part II

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago the University of Auckland hosted a live-stream concert of Nathan Haines with the quartet DOG. The National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI) at the University of Auckland (of which the School of Music is part of) has uploaded the concert, and you can watch it […]

Now trending…

I’ve finally done it, I’m part of Twitter. You can find me at @nzjazzhistory. Much like this blog my Twitter account is going to focus on NZ jazz history (but also jazz history from other countries), but the challenge there is keeping it to 140 characters. So if you want bite sized portions of jazz […]

Douglas Lilburn Centenary

2015 marks the centenary of New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn’s birth. As the acknowledged grandfather of New Zealand classical composition you would think that there would be an abundance of music programming celebrating Lilburn, and New Zealand art music in general. However, there seems to be a distinct lack of celebration, with the majority of […]

Nathan Haines + DOG

A live stream concert from the University of Auckland: http://www.creative.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/events/events-2015/2015/02/nathan-haines-livestream-event.html Nathan Haines is one of New Zealand’s premier jazz saxophonists (his latest album can be found here), and DOG is a recently formed quartet made up of faculty from the University of Auckland’s jazz course at the School of Music. Although they perform together in […]

Context is Everything

Context is everything. It seems like a fairly obvious statement, but think about it in terms of learning something- in this case learning about jazz and in particular jazz history. Last semester I was co-teaching a jazz history course which was required for jazz performance students (though there were also a couple of musicology students […]

Dusting off the cobwebs

Hello out there! Is anyone still reading? Apologies for neglecting this blog for the past couple of months, but I’ve been rather busy with paid work (necessary, but annoying) and also writing an article on the Australian influence on swing in New Zealand for Jazz Research Journal, which will actually have a component on this […]