Category New Zealand

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NZMM- week four playlist

The last playlist for NZMM 2016- 31 different NZ jazz artists for you to sample, but as always there are many, many more, and I urge you to go out and find them. Mark De Clive-Lowe- Church ‘The Mission’ Coral Cummins with the Bob Bradford Quartette at the Christchurch Jazz Society Concert October 1951 ‘September in the […]