Monthly Archives: April 2015

Happy International Jazz Day!

For this International Jazz Day I decided to make a list of some of my favourite New Zealand jazz recordings. These are in no particular order (except in which I found the recordings) and can be seen as a taster of the local jazz scene. You can also find my equivalent international list here.   […]

The National Jazz Festival, Tauranga

This Easter weekend I went to the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga. I was there primarily to cover the Jazz Tui Award announcement for New Zealand Musician, and also a symposium on the formation of a Jazz Federation in NZ but I decided to take the opportunity to attend some the other jazz events. Although […]

Shameless Self Promotion: NZ Music Month

As part of the NZ Music Month celebrations I will be doing talk about Dave Brubeck’s tours to New Zealand in the 1960s and the inspirations behind his piece Maori Blues at the Auckland Central Library on May 12 at 6pm. If you’re in Auckland please come along (and share this with your friends, colleagues, family…anyone!!).


Hello all, So as you might notice by the tag line above, there are a few changes going on here. I have been recently been thinking about writing about things other than jazz (or even jazz outside of NZ), but I didn’t want to that to take over this space. At the same time, I’m […]

Jazz Tui 2015

Every year at the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga, the Jazz Tui (our version of the Grammy Awards) is awarded. This year’s nominees were Jonathan Crayford ‘Dark Light’, Dog ‘Dog’ and The Jac ‘Nerve’– all of which were recorded on Rattle Jazz. You’ll be able to read more soon in New Zealand Musician (where I […]