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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 […]

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 […]

Jazz dancing

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 […]

Jazz dancing

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 […]

Jazz dancing

Jazz Emotions

I’ve been doing a lot of work lately on the Jazz Age in New Zealand, and there are so many interesting facets to jazz outside of music and dances during the 1920s, but one of the aspects that I find the most fascinating is the concept of jazz emotions. In the 1920s jazz was a […]

Upcoming courses

You may be interested to know that I’ll be doing a couple of courses for University of Auckland’s Centre for Continuing Education soon. The first explores the history of jazz in New Zealand starting on June 15- details here. The second is an introduction to jazz course for people ranging from complete jazz novices to […]

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 […]