Category History

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!

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]