Category Jazz

New Zealand closed at 5

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 […]

RIP Toots Theilemans

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 […]

Very Important Announcement

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 […]

The Listening Project- week ending 10 July

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 […]

The Listening Project week ending 19 June

(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 […]

The Listening Project- week ending June 12

Actually, this is sort of a double duty post- yes I’m going to do my run through of the albums I’ve listened to this past week, but before I get into that I’m going to talk about the music I was listening to during New Zealand Music Month…and the lack of posts last month So… […]

The Listening Project week ending April 10

(NZ) La Petite Manouche Odd Times Odd Places 2013 La Petite Manouche Christchurch based guitar duo La Petite Manouche is inspired by Django Reinhardt and Manouche (French gypsy) jazz of the 1930s and 40s. A very lively fun album, and while their overt influences may be from a distant time and place, that doesn’t mean […]