Category NZ Jazz Age

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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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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 […]

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Researching the Jazz Age in New Zealand

2017 was an amazing year for me. Getting my first really big fellowship (thanks to the Douglas Lilburn Trust) that allowed me to spend the entire year focusing on a research project…and get paid for it. That project was investigating the Jazz Age in New Zealand: how and when jazz got here (pretty early on […]

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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 […]