Author Archives: aleishaward

When Thelonious Monk Came to New Zealand

This month saw the 100 birthday of legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, and there have been a lot of fascinating stories written about him all around the internet. I’ve been mulling over whether to share this story of him for a couple of months now, in part because I cannot confirm if one part of […]

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Save the Date- Auckland’s Jazz Age

I’m giving a talk at Auckland City Library on October 24 in conjunction with the Let’s Dance Exhibition. The talk features interesting findings, stories, scandals, and images discovered during my tenure as the Sir George Grey Researcher in Residence. (Details below)   If you’re in Auckland please come along and say hello!

31 Days of NZ Jazz

I know I haven’t been active on here lately, but I can’t let NZ Music Month end without doing something, so here are 31 NZ Jazz Albums for your listening pleasure. In absolutely no order at all! Alan Broadbent: Moment’s Notice Although Alan has been living and working in the US longer than he did in […]

NZ Music Month talks

Hello everyone, I know I’ve been quiet here- I’ve been neck deep in my Lilburn research, which is fun, but leaves me little spare time. This is just a little note to let you all know that this Music Month I’m travelling so I won’t be giving talks in Auckland this year (or at least […]

Alice ‘Al’ Clarke

Auckland based pianist Alice ‘Al’ Clarke was one of New Zealand’s earliest- and longest active bandleaders on the dance/jazz scene. She shortened her name to Al when she began leading bands in the 1920s because she thought that Alice sounded too prissy. Because of this many people (who had not seen her) thought she was […]

Things called jazz that are not jazz…but are ‘jazz’

Last year I came across a Tumblr: Things called jazz that are not jazz. It’s a collection of items that are branded jazz, but according to the site’s owner Russell Finch ‘are not jazz’. There’s also an associated BBC Radio programme on it where he investigates this phenomenon and poses the question: “Why are there […]

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Very important announcement

I am very pleased to announce (finally after a week of tortuous silence!) that I have been made the Douglas Lilburn Research Fellow for 2017. You can read the official press release here. I have also set up a page for my Lilburn work here http://wp.me/P2UqSk-80, which includes a project description and media pack, and tags […]