Category Writing

Dusting off the cobwebs…again

Hello all! For those devotees who are still following, thanks for staying the course. For those who are new, welcome, or welcome back! This past year was a whirlwind of research, which left both this blog and Jazz Historian After Hours languishing. It was wonderful being able to devote myself to research full time for a […]

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 […]

NZ Music Month 2016

Just a little note about my activities for this year’s Music Month. I’ll be doing three talks this month so if you’re in Auckland please come along- they’re all free and open to anyone. May 8 2pm Birkenhead Library- Auckland’s Jazz Heritage: Come, take a whirlwind tour of the spaces, places and people that made […]

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 Crisis of Jazz Criticism: the lack of young voices

Last week I saw an article in 2paragraphs about the dearth of young voices in jazz criticism, and yesterday I posted a reply there. While this discussion is not NZ based (so not really appropriate for this blog), I have also written a slightly expanded version on Jazz Historian After Hours. I hope you’ll read […]