Monthly Archives: November 2015

Jazz, Scene

Ray Harris, one of the key people who sowed the seed for the book Blue Smoke, has recently died. Born in 1929, Ray was a pianist, jazz broadcaster, and the NZ Listener’s jazz critic for nearly 30 years until 1983. He was also known for fronting an excellent television show on TVNZ of overseas jazz…

New Zealand Saxophone

It’s Adolphe Saxe’s 201st birthday today and to celebrate here’s a playlist of ten of my favourite saxophone (focused) pieces by New Zealand saxophonists:   Brian Smith ‘What is this thing called love’ at CJC 2014   Nathan Haines ‘The Night Air’ at CJC 2015   Chris Mason Battley ‘Falling Rain’ from Unspoken   The […]