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Jazz dancing

The Charleston and all things 1920s

A couple of weeks ago I was in Wellington doing some research, and while I was there I was interviewed by Zoe George of Radio NZ Concert’s Upbeat programme about the Charleston and all things 1920s New Zealand. It aired last Friday, but if you didn’t catch it you can listen to/read it and learn […]

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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!

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Very Important News

I’m very pleased to announce that I am the Auckland Libraries Sir George Grey Researcher in Residence for 2016/2017. For my residency I’ll be researching the Jazz Age in Auckland. This project is part of a longer on-going project on the Jazz Age in New Zealand, which I’m hoping that will be published as a […]

An Update on the Orange Hall

Frequently when I talk about heritage jazz venues in New Zealand I finish off my spiel with “…and now it’s a car park/office building/apartment block,” etc. However, I can happily forego that here, and report that the Orange Coronation Ballroom is alive and well! As Aucklanders well know the Orange Hall has been sitting derelict […]

Cabarets and Clubs: 1930s

The late 1920s dance venues boom in New Zealand was strongly affected by the advent of the Great Depression in late 1929. Dance venues in New Zealand were spread across towns and surrounding suburbs, which meant that New Zealanders rarely attended more than one venue in an evening. With the cost of a night out […]

Jazz: Music and Dance

From about 1920 to the late 1940s jazz was almost inextricably linked with the act of dancing. This is a fact that is both simultaneously known and (for the most part) ignored by publications and courses on jazz (music) because it ruins the narrative that the greatest early jazz was not to be danced to. […]

The Orange Coronation Ballroom

The other week I was walking through Newton (one of Auckland’s inner city suburbs) and passed the Orange Coronation Hall- a venue of many a dance in the twentieth century (until 1987), and more lately a church to find that only the façade was left standing and it was primed for development as an apartment […]

The Royal New Zealand Ballet at Sixty

As this blog is subtitled About jazz in New Zealand and other topics, it’s probably time that I write something about another topic. I’ve been reading the celebratory The Royal New Zealand Ballet at Sixty with great interest these past few days. I’m a huge fan of ballet, and the RNZB in particular, and I’ve […]