Kia ora. I’m Dr Aleisha Ward, and welcome to NZJazz. This site is devoted to my work as a historian of jazz in New Zealand, and is focused primarily on jazz pre-1970. My current project (2020) is on the Jazz Age on in New Zealand, the research from which was supported by the Sir George Grey Researcher in Residence Award from Auckland City Library (2016), the Douglas Lilburn Research Fellowship (2017), and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage NZ History Trust Research Award (2018), so you’ll see a lot of material from the 1920s and 1930s on this site. However I’m also doing some work on tours by international jazz artists to New Zealand in the 1960s so you’ll occasionally see posts on that as well. Otherwise the posts here are wherever my research whims take me.
I am a freelance historian and writer who is available for hire as a writer and editor, lecturer, researcher, consultant, and archivist and you can see more of my experience in lecturing, media and a list of my publications on my Shameless Self-Promotion page. If you’d like to engage me for a project to as a guest lecturer please leave a message on either of these pages and I’ll get back to you.
While I do occasionally write about current jazz activities in New Zealand, my primary focus is on history so if you are looking for current jazz in New Zealand (especially gig guides) please try the following websites: