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. 
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...
19 March 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
Every Jazz guitarist in Australasia seems to admire James Muller.  Here in New Zealand at the mere mention of him, guitarists shake their heads in disbelief and fall into a contemplative trance.  It is as if you had uttered a secret mantra; one ascribed to an unnamable deity.  I have...
12 March 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
I like the inventiveness of Callum Passells both as an alto player and a composer.  There is something of the risk taker about him and his instincts seldom fail him when reaching for fresh ideas.  His quartet was bristling with edge last week, a band without a chordal instrument and...
5 March 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
 John Scofield is a magnet for guitarists world-wide, drawing them into the Jazz fold in ever-increasing numbers.  Locally, a similar thing’s said of guitarist Dixon Nacey.  The logic therefore that Nacey should do a Scofield project is inescapable.  That he should do it...
24 February 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
Jonathan Crayford has long intrigued me as a musician so I make a point of catching him when the situation presents itself.  He’s an artist embedded so deeply within his music that his persona reflects in those terms.  It’s as if he were the embodiment of sonic shapes and forms. I have...
19 February 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
I don’t know as much about the Wellington Jazz scene as I’d like to, but I’m working on that.   Recently an opportunity presented itself; two days in Wellington and a chance to catch up with some musician friends.  I did my homework and learned that ‘The Jac’ would be playing at ‘Meow’....