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. 
24 August 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
 Thirty years ago Jazz students kept close to the safer standards for a first time club gig.  Post millennium Students are prepared to reference a variety of genres; even during a single number.  That may sound like a recipe for disaster and if handled ineptly it would be.  What...
6 August 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
Mark Lockett lives in New York these days but he manages to visit Auckland every so often.   This year, as he did in 2012 when he released ‘Sneaking out after midnight’, he appeared with a trio.  Lockett is an engaging personality and his often quirky good humour spills into his playing...
30 July 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
Alan Brown remains perennially popular about town as does his regular guitarist the virtuosic Dixon Nacey.   Last time the trio played at the CJC the gifted groove drummer Josh Sorensen was on traps, but for this gig the replacement was Adam Tobeck.   Tobeck proved a sensible...
29 July 2014 - Graham Reid - Jazz in Elsewhere
And just when you thought local jazz releases could not get any better . . . The previously considered Rattle Jazz album Dark Light (by Jonathan Crayford, Ben Street and Dan Weiss) really set a high bar, but this one -- a prior release on the label, by just a few days at a guess -- sets...
23 July 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
An array of guitar pedals is sometimes deployed to hide a multitude of sins, but in the hands of a skilful improviser the opposite occurs.   Yeahyeahabsolutelynoway! illustrate the best of modern guitar work as they invoke past, present and future.   Their gigs feature their own...
20 July 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
Chelsea Prastiti could be said to represent an intergenerational change in the direction Jazz Vocals are headed.  I have watched her grow in confidence since her time at the Auckland University Jazz School and she is always ready to try brave new experiments.   Because her default is the...
16 July 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
James Wylie last passed through Auckland in late 2012 when he played two gigs at the CJC (Creative Jazz Club).   A gifted alto saxophonist who doubles on clarinet, he has always been popular here.  In his travels around the world, his natural creativity has found endless new avenues for...
6 July 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
 For a man who says that he’s “taking it easy these days”, Brian Smith is remarkably active.  He has been a strong supporter of the recent CJC Sunday Jam sessions,  he still teaches and regularly fronts CJC gigs.   Many regard him as the elder statesman of the tenor saxophone in...
6 July 2014 - Graham Reid - Jazz in Elsewhere
Since Auckland's Rattle label signed a deal with Wellington's Victoria University Press (VUP) it has become alarmingly productive. Albums -- especially those on the Rattle Jazz imprint -- are starting to appear at what seems like one or more a month. But that's not a complaint because the ......
25 June 2014 - John Fenton - Jazz Local 32
The trumpet is arguably the first instrument of Jazz but we hear it infrequently in Auckland.  When we do it is seldom the lead instrument.  To redress the balance, the CJC (Creative Jazz Club) featured Lex French last week, an impressive musician who is garnering increasing attention on...