New Zealand Jazz Blogs

Syndicated items from several NZ jazz blogs

Jazz in Elsewhere
Selected jazz articles from Graham Reid's extensive site.
Jazz Local 32
John Fenton blogs about jazz and poetry in Auckland. 
22 April 2014 - Graham Reid - Jazz in Elsewhere
German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann – on a short solo tour early next month – recalls the only other time he was here. In the 80s he and bassist Peter Kowald offered their muscular, free-form jazz improvisation at a time when “there was no audience for this music in New Zealand”. “I remember playing...
21 April 2014 - Graham Reid - Jazz in Elsewhere
Although most of saxophonist John Coltrane's career was on Prestige and especially Impulse!, in September 1957 -- making good on a handshake promise the previous year -- he was loaned by Prestige to the Blue Note label. This was a practice which writer William Ruhlmann noted in his '95 Goldmine...
18 April 2014 - Graham Reid - Jazz in Elsewhere
In early January 1939 Alfred Lion – a 30-year old emigre from Berlin who had moved permanently to New York just two years previous – took the boogie-woogie pianists Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons into a Manhattan recording studio he'd hired for the day. He could not have guessed that he was...
17 April 2014 - Graham Reid - Jazz in Elsewhere
Although the idea of band growing out of a rehearsal outfit for staff and students at a music college doesn't exactly make the heart leap with anticipation, The Jac here are something quite different from your standard big band finding themselves on The Fake Book. A mid-sized ensemble -- an octet...
15 April 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
Alan Broadbent is rightly revered by New Zealand Jazz musicians, but I am not sure that the rest of New Zealand is aware of just how well respected he is overseas.  During the enthusiastic publicity about New Zealand’s high achieving young musician ‘Lorde’, the media generally overlooked the...
14 April 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
The second gig in the CJC #jazzapril series featured a quintet led by veteran Auckland musician Phil Broadhurst.  Phil is a very familiar figure on the New Zealand Jazz scene thanks to his many recordings, his broadcasting, gigs and Jazz education.   He is also a finalist in New...
9 April 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
April is International Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and the CJC (Creative Jazz Club) in Auckland has lined up an impressive roster of artists.  The opening gig for Jazz April was the acclaimed tenor player Jamie Oehlers from Perth Australia and the club could hardly have done better than...
8 April 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
Every so often an album comes along which causes you to slap your forehead in amazement and grope for a chair.  ‘Drums by Candlelight’ is just such an album.  It fills an important niche in the music market; one which surprisingly has long remained empty.  In these days of crass...
31 March 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
 There are a number of factors that make music special to a listener and for most it is the familiar that attracts them.  Improvised music is a different beast and the most valued quality is what Jazz essayist Whitney Balliet termed “the sound of surprise”.  When Jazz listeners are...
26 March 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
‘Mr M’ is an enigmatic title but the meaning is more straightforward than might be supposed.  The trio members are Miles Crayford, Reuben Bradley and Mostyn Cole; take the first three letters of their forenames and you have ‘Mr M’.  Attempting to challenge our sense of time and place they...