Category Music Industry

When Monk Came to New Zealand pt. 2

A long while back I wrote about when Thelonious Monk came to New Zealand. Recently, as part of my new job at the Alexander Turnbull Library I was helping a researcher find some material about that tour, and it turns out, there was a lot to be had! The Turnbull holds the records of the […]

NZ Music Month 2020 poster

NZ Music Month 2020

It’s the 20th anniversary of New Zealand Music Month this year and their themes are support/buy/follow/stream local and looking back at how far NZ music has come- both themes very appropriate to what I try to do here and in all my musical activities! For those of you who follow me on Twitter you’ll know […]

Nathan Haines Shift Left band Civic Theatre 2019

Review: Nathan Haines and Shift Left 25th Anniversary Concert

August 24 2019 Civic Theatre, Auckland The cool thing about writing reviews on my own blog is that I can fangirl as much as I want to, I don’t have to pretend to be an objective journalist. And be warned, there’s going to be a lot of fangirling ahead! As I’ve written previously, Shift Left means […]

Epi Shalfoon and his Melody Boys circa 1925

Lines on Music- podcast

At the start of the year I went to the inaugural Documenting Jazz conference in Dublin, Ireland. It’s been a decade since I was last able to attend a northern hemisphere jazz conference, so it was a big trip (in more ways than one). Documenting Jazz was a fantastic conference, I wanted to see every […]

Album Deep Dives: Dr Tree

Dr Tree was New Zealand’s first jazz-rock fusion group and album. It was formed by drummer Frank Gibson Jr. in 1973 with Murray McNabb after hearing the Mahavishnu Orchestra and wanting to try and do something that had a rock and funk feel to it, but was still inherently jazz. The oft-told story (by both […]

Album Deep Dives: Nathan Haines Shift Left 25th Anniversary

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Nathan Haines debut album Shift Left, the first New Zealand jazz album I ever bought- on cassette tape no less (teenage me couldn’t afford the CD). When I thought about doing a series of deep dives into New Zealand jazz albums for NZ Music Month, this was the one that […]

Woman's silhouette with question mark

The Elusive Miss MacDonald

The title sounds like start of a good mystery novel, and it certainly is a mystery of sorts. One of the things I discovered in my Lilburn research last year was that women were a far greater part of the music scene in the 1920s that I knew (and I already thought that they were […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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, which includes a project description and media pack, and tags […]