I don’t normally rant about things I see online- it’s a waste of all our time, but every now and then I see something that I just have to comment on. I was flicking through the headlines in the NZ Herald online this morning and saw this: ‘Two Reasons Yesterday was a Crime Against Music’. […]

Except that it didn’t… It’s a frequent plaint among wannabe historians that until the late twentieth century that ‘New Zealand closed at 5’. I even heard this recently on a local architectural programme as a reason for why New Zealand housing in the early and mid-twentieth century was not ‘architecturally significant’. The propagation of this […]

Belgian jazz harmonica player Jean-Baptiste ‘Toots’ Theilemans passed away last night. Now even if you’ve never heard of him if you’re in you were a kid in the late 1960s, 1970s or early 1980s you’ll know some of his playing: he was the harmonica player for the original Sesame Street closing theme song. So in […]

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 […]

This week I was preparing for a talk at Auckland University’s Centre for Continuing Education’s Winter Week. My talk was on the Jazz Age in New Zealand, so to get myself in the preparation mood, I listened to a ton of 1920s music       I deliberately avoided classic 1920s American jazz because that […]

A two week edition this time. You’ll notice there’s a lot of Argentine tango this time round- I’ve been prepping to teach a class (dance not music- that’s one of my other jobs), so I’ve been searching out all sorts of music that could be useful in a class situation rather than just dancing to […]

(NZ) Katchafire Best So Far Katchafire 2013 This last week Katchafire has been in the news lamenting about the lack of an audience in NZ, when they have sell out crowds in the US and elsewhere. As I couldn’t have said whether I’d ever deliberately listened to them before, I decided to give them a […]