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Pat McMinn- Entertainer Extraordinaire!

Singer, dancer and all-round entertainer Pat McMinn died last weekend aged 91. She was one of the last musical connections to the Swing Era and to some of our most iconic (and ear-wormy) novelty songs. McMinn was also one of the last old-school multitalented vaudeville entertainers. Born in 1926 ‘Pretty Pattie (or Paddie’) McMinn was […]

Jazz dancing

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 […]

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 […]

So, what’s going on here

As you may have noticed, not much has been happening on the front page lately. That’s because most of my efforts have been over on the Got A Little Rhythm page. My article ‘Got A Little Rhythm? The Australian influence on swing in New Zealand in the 1930s and 1940s’ appeared in the special issue […]

The introduction of Bebop to New Zealand

Bebop first appeared in New Zealand in the latter stages of the war. It is likely that bebop made its first appearance in New Zealand on 2YAs Rhythm on Record, possibly in early 1945. Unfortunately, it is not noted who the recordings were by, or what songs were broadcast. However, compère Arthur Pearce (‘Turntable’) recalled […]

The Low-Down

Just a quick post to promote a one week programme on Radio New Zealand: Concert hosted by my friend Nick Tipping, The Low-Down. This series examines great bass lines, great bass players, and music from the perspective of the bass. It’s broadcast every day this week at 1.00pm NZDST (UST/GMT+13). You can listen streaming online here: […]

Shameless self promotion

Last month I was interviewed by Radio New Zealand for the Arts on Sunday programme. The interview focuses on my thesis research and my current research on Dave Brubeck’s tours to New Zealand. This past Sunday my interview was broadcast and if you’re interested you can find it here: