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Jazz dancing

Researching the Jazz Age in New Zealand

2017 was an amazing year for me. Getting my first really big fellowship (thanks to the Douglas Lilburn Trust) that allowed me to spend the entire year focusing on a research project…and get paid for it. That project was investigating the Jazz Age in New Zealand: how and when jazz got here (pretty early on […]

NZ Music Month 2016

Just a little note about my activities for this year’s Music Month. I’ll be doing three talks this month so if you’re in Auckland please come along- they’re all free and open to anyone. May 8 2pm Birkenhead Library- Auckland’s Jazz Heritage: Come, take a whirlwind tour of the spaces, places and people that made […]

And the Band Played On

With the anniversary of World War One upon us there are a number of books relating to various aspects of the war that have recently been published. One that I have just read is And the Band Played On: How Music Lifted the Anzac Spirit in the Battlefields of the First Word War by Robert […]


Well, the time has come- I have discovered the first errata in my thesis. I guess I should be glad that I found it rather than someone else, but still, in the immortal word of Homer Simpson: D’oh! I discovered this in the course of my latest piece of research, which was tangentially related to […]

Australian Music Maker and Dance Band News

Recently I have been doing a lot of research that involves using the music trade magazine Australian Music Maker and Dance Band News (which is partly why I have not posted for a while). While I had used clippings of it for my thesis research (held in the Dennis Huggard Jazz Archive at the Alexander […]