Sunday, June 10, 2018

Album Release - DOG - No Dogs Allowed (Rattle Records)



Dog - aka Roger Manins (sax), Kevin Field (Piano) Olivier Holland (Bass) and Ron Samson (Drums) have released their second album of contemporary jazz.  In a haphazard display of performance and humour, they played some of the new tunes at Wellington's Rogue & Vagabond this morning to a full lunchtime crowd.  Photos by Tim Gruar.





Saturday, June 09, 2018

ROGUE CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: I’M MOVIN’ ON


Rogue Classic Albums Live: I’m Movin’ On

A Homage to Jimmy Smith's 1963 Blue Note classic

Organist Chris Yeabsley (Twinset) and his band present Jimmy Smith's I’m Movin’ On live as Rogue & Vagabond hosts four nights of classic albums played live by top local musicians.

Tonight from 10PM

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Jazz at the Rogue & Vagabond

Once again Rogue coming atcha with our classic album series for Wellington Jazz Festival, featuring some of our favourite local musicians playing some of their favourite classic Jazz albums in their entirety (as well as a couple of very special late night and early morning performances thrown in)
Wednesday 6th:
Early Jazz at 5pm with Bruce Forman, Larry Koonse and Tom Warrington
Rogue Piano Lounge with Dayle Jellyman from 7
Thursday 7th:
Rogue Classic Albums Live - Question and Answer w/ Callum Jephson Allardice
Rogue Classic Albums Live - Black Saint and the Sinner Lady w/ Jake Baxendale Music
Friday 8th:
Rogue Classic Albums Live - Boss Tenors w/ Baron Oscar Lavën
Rogue Classic Albums Live - Karma w/ Blair Latham
Saturday 9th:
Roger Manins GRG67 Album Launch 'The Thing'
Rogue Classic Albums Live - I'm Movin' On w/ Christopher Yeabsley
Rogue Classic Albums Live - Thrust w/ Daniel Hayles
Sunday 10th:
Rogue Classic Albums Live - Crescent w/Rick Cranson
Rogue Classic Albums Live - Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley w/ Bryn van Vliet
#welljazzfest

TOP JAZZ TALENT RECOGNISED AT NZ JAZZ AWARDS



The winners of the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist and the APRA Best Jazz Composition were announced tonight at an awards event ahead of the opening of the Wellington Jazz Festival.

Umar Zakaria was awarded Best Jazz Artist for Fearless Music and the Best Jazz Composition was awarded to Anita Schwabe for ‘Springtide’.

Umar’s career is exciting to follow.  At just 25-years-old, Umar has already performed internationally with jazz legends like Bob Moses (US), Hagai Bilitzky (Israel), Rob van Bavel (Netherlands), Snorre Kirk (Denmark), Magnus Hjorth (Sweden), Steve Barry, and Mark Lockett, among others.

The album Fearless Music is a strong collection of tracks recorded in collaboration with some of New Zealand’s top jazz musicians.

Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan says Fearless Music is an exceptional record, and Umar is well deserving of the Best Jazz Artist Tui.

“It will be fascinating to see where his career takes him – both here in New Zealand and overseas. I feel like he’s just getting started.”

The APRA Best Jazz Composition was awarded to Anita Schwabe for ‘Springtide’ off her 2018 album Eat Your Greens.

Anita is a jazz pianist and composer who has been a lecturer at the jazz school in Wellington since 1995, who has an impressive resume of live shows including major New Zealand festivals and international venues such as Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

APRA AMCOS Head of New Zealand Operations Ant Healey says: “It’s important for us to be able to celebrate the wonderful work of jazz composers in New Zealand, and to witness the strength and breadth of talent in this community as we come together for the NZ Jazz Awards. Anita has been a well-respected jazz musician and composer for many years, and we’re delighted to see this award go to ‘Springtide’, which is a great reflection of her artistry.”

Anita will be performing her new album at the Wellington Jazz Festival on 8 June as part of the free Jazz at St Peter’s programme.

Other finalists for the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist were Hayden Chisholm, Norman Meehan, and Paul Dyne for Unwind and Lucien Johnson for West of the Sun.

Callum Allardice for ‘A Gathering’, and Jake Baxendale for ‘Beyond The Palace’ were the other finalists for the APRA Best Jazz Composition.

The awards were announced at the opening night of the Wellington Jazz Festival, which runs from Wednesday 6 through to Sunday 10 June, and features around 150 gigs with local and international jazz performers throughout the week.

Finalists for Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist

Winner: Umar Zakaria – Fearless Music
Hayden Chisholm, Norman Meehan and Paul Dyne – Unwind
Lucien Johnson – West of the Sun
Finalists for APRA Best Jazz Composition

Winner: Anita Schwabe – ‘Springtide’
Callum Allardice – ‘A Gathering’
Jake Baxendale – ‘Beyond The Palace’

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The 2018 Wellington Jazz Festival is on!


The Wellington Jazz Festival kicks off today, with an impressive array of international stars and home-grown jazz talent bringing their smooth grooves and cool beats to the city’s streets, bars and venues. 

Shelagh Magadza, Artistic Director of Wellington Jazz Festival, says that with around 150 gigs packed into the next five days, music lovers will be spoilt for choice - with many gigs that are either free or under $20 in the mix.
“Whether you’re seeing international stars Christian McBride, Chris Daveor Gretchen Parlato at the Opera House or enjoying some of the free gigs at Rogue & Vagabond, Te Papa or St Peter’s on Willis, the Jazz Festival is a mid-winter treat. Book tickets now to ensure you get to see some of the best acts on offer - but also make time for spontaneous late-night fun over the next week.” Shelagh said.
Performing with his ensemble New Jawn, Newport Jazz Festival director and renowned bassist Christian McBride will open the Jazz Festival with his anticipated one-off show at the Opera House tonight. Also on opening night, Ed Zuccollo will perform his magical soundscapes at Meow, while saxophonist Oscar Lavën takes to the stage at Moon in Newtown with his trio. Night owls in need of a post-show jazz fix should head to Meow to enjoy Jake Baxendale and the Jam for their late-night session. 
Thursday brings five-time Grammy Award nominee, guitarist Robben Ford to the Opera House stage, where he’ll be joined by American rock-soul singer Lydia Pense. Over at Civic Square, City Gallery will hold a special jazz-flavored edition of their Tuatara Open Late series, where Nigel Patterson (Black Seeds, Fly My Pretties) will play artist Michael Parekowhai’s stunning piano sculpture He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: Story of a New Zealand River before Bella Kalolo takes to the gallery stage performing with a full band. Local drummer Myele Manzanza has brought pianist Mathew Sheens all the way from New York for their two shows at Meow on Thursday and Friday evenings.
Sultry songstress Gretchen Parlato presents her superb vocal range to the Opera House on Friday night, while Caroline bar hosts award-winning composer Callum Allardice with his Quintet. Saturday features one of biggest highlights of the Festival, John Beasley’s MONK’estra, a15-piece big band inspired by the musical spirit of jazz giant, Thelonious Monk. A handful of New Zealand musicians will join MONK’estra for the concert.
Free events include the family-friendly Royal New Zealand Air Force Jazz Orchestra performing takes on the Great American Songbook at Te Papa at 12pm Saturday, the Wellington Mingus Ensemble at the Southern Cross on Saturday evening, a round table discussion about gender and jazz in Aotearoa at The Third Eye on Friday, a pop-up jazz band at Wellington Airport, and a late-night DJ session with Martyn Pepperell at Meow on Saturday.
A collaborator with Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, D’Angelo and Adele to name a few, Chris “Daddy” Dave has been called the “most dangerous drummer alive”, and audiences will find out why when Chris and The Drumhedz take over the Opera House on Sunday night to conclude the Wellington Jazz Festival in style. 
About the 2018 Wellington Jazz Festival
The Wellington Jazz Festival runs 6–10 June 2018
Around 150 gigs take place over five days at 45 venues
The Jazz Festival draws a national audience of around 30,000 music fans
The Jazz Festival is home to the New Zealand Jazz Awards, with the winners announced tonight, Wednesday 6 June

Friday, May 18, 2018

TOP TALENT TO BE RECOGNISED AT NEW ZEALAND JAZZ AWARDS IN WELLINGTON



The Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist and the APRA Best Jazz Composition awards will be presented on the opening night of the Wellington Jazz Festival, Wednesday 6 June.

This year there is an eclectic collection of finalists up for the jazz Tui. Hayden Chisholm, Norman Meehan,and Paul Dyne have been nominated for Unwind, alongside Lucien Johnson for West of the Sun, and Umar Zakaria for Fearless Music.



The finalists for Best Jazz Composition are Callum Allardice for A Gathering, Anita Schwabe for Springtide, and Jake Baxendale for Beyond The Palace.



Chisholm, Meehan and Dyne are well established musicians, composers, and music educators in New Zealand. Having worked with each other in various contexts over many decades, the album Unwind is their first outing as a trio.

Recorded at the end of Chisholm's New Zealand tour in November 2016, Unwind features a set of beautiful original compositions. The exquisite saxophone playing is front and centre, but it is the intuitive musicality of this highly experienced trio that makes the album an incredible experience.

Wellington-based saxophonist and composer Lucien Johnson has been nominated for the 2018 Best Jazz Artist for his 2017 release West of the Sun.



Composing and performing with his six-piece jazz ensemble, Johnson has worked on a number of pieces for various media – including compositions for film, television, dance, theatre and installations. He’s also had regular collaborations with New Zealand dance theatre company Borderline Arts Ensemble.

One of New Zealand’s most exciting young jazz musicians is Umar Zakaria. The album Fearless Music has been created by his own diverse musical traditions in collaboration with New Zealand’s top jazz musicians.

Zakaria’s career has taken him across the globe to perform with jazz legends like Bob Moses (US), Hagai Bilitzky (Israel), Rob van Bavel (Netherlands), Snorre Kirk (Denmark), Magnus Hjorth (Sweden), Steve Barry, and Mark Lockett, among others.

Recorded Music CEO Damian Vaughan said the finalists for Best Jazz Artist this year have created diverse, refreshing pieces of music.

“The wide range of experience from the finalists this year emerges through their unique jazz styles and compositions. It will be an unmissable New Zealand Jazz Awards, and a great Wellington Jazz Festival this year.”

The APRA Best Jazz Composition will also be announced at the awards. Since launching in 2016, the award recognises New Zealand’s top jazz compositions from the last 12 months.

With a career starting at the young age of 15, Callum Allardice created his own jazz group and began gigging around the Nelson area, as well as participating in various festivals and competitions.



Now, after winning Best Jazz Composition last year for Deep Thought, Callum is back in 2018 as a finalist for his composition A Gathering, which he composed for the 2017 Wellington Jazz Festival’s collaboration with South Korean ensemble, Black String.

Professional jazz musician and teacher Anita Schwabe is also nominated for her composition Springtide, which will feature on her debut album Eat Your Greens set to be released in 2018.



Over the years, Anita has performed with her own groups and other jazz combos at major New Zealand festivals, as well as internationally at the Vanuatu Jazz Festival and Claude Bolling’s Suite crossover of Classical Guitar and Jazz with Matthew Marshall, Paul Dyne and Roger Sellers in New Caledonia. Anita will be performing at the 2018 Wellington Jazz Festival.

Wellington-based alto saxophonist and composer Jake Baxendale has been hard at work establishing Jazz Aotearoa, a professional association that represents jazz creators, presenters, educators and audiences in New Zealand. Jake was also instrumental in the 2017 Jazz Festival collaboration with Black String.

He’s nominated for the 2018 Best Jazz Composition award for his piece Beyond The Palace.

APRA AMCOS head of NZ Operations Anthony Healy says: “Every year we celebrate the talent of New Zealand’s jazz composers at the Wellington Jazz Festival. It’s a sign that musicians from all walks of life can create spectacular art for us to enjoy.”

The winner of both the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Album and APRA Best Jazz Composition will be announced at an invite only event to kick off the Wellington Jazz Festival, which runs from Wednesday 6 June to Sunday 10 June and features hundreds of local and international jazz performers.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 Wellington Jazz Festival 6 – 10 Jun 2018

From a sold-out Opera House crowd, to a bar-hopping night for two, get into the city’s lively local music scene and treat yourself to a Wellington weekend to remember.
Find your jazz groove as incredible live music and good times fill the city’s streets and bars at this annual musical feast. With more than 100 gigs in five days to choose from, your favourite mid-winter break starts here.

 Check out this year's headlining acts:
Christian McBride’s New Jawn | USAFeaturing Josh Evans, Marcus Strickland & Nasheet Waits. Enjoy this six-time Grammy Award–winning musician and US bass master’s hot new quartet, in New Zealand for the first time.

Chris Dave and The Drumhedz | USAJoin one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest drummers of all time on a mind-blowing rhythmic journey through the freshest, beat-laden jams.

Gretchen Parlato Flor | USA
Featuring Marcel Camargo, Leo Costa & Artyom Manukian. Be seduced by the incredible range of style and emotion of this acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated vocalist.

John Beasley’s MONK’estra | USASmashingly off-beat melody, humour, beauty and swing abound in this hippest of big bands, capturing the spirit of Thelonious Monk.

Robben Ford & Lydia Pense | USARock out to a gala performance of pure musical heart and soul with guitar great Robben Ford and vocal powerhouse Lydia Pense.

Marsden, Medlyn & Fox | NZBlues legend Midge Marsden and jazz diva Helen Medlyn whip up a storm with the Roger Fox Big Band.
for more info check out the full programme at: https://www.jazzfestival.co.nz/



Saturday, May 05, 2018

New Exhibition for NZ Music Month - Wellington Museum: Burning Up Years: Aotearoa Music History is an exhibition celebrating Kiwi music of the past.


Burning Up Years: Aotearoa Music History is an exhibition celebrating Kiwi music of the past. 
This NZ Music Month we’re celebrating some of the gems of Aotearoa music history with a special exhibition at Wellington Museum.
In collaboration with Audio Culture this exhibition will run during the month of May showcasing the Wellington music scene from 1960 – 1978, with New Zealand-made music equipment, music videos, listening posts, rare vinyl, posters and album art.
 
WELLINGTON MUSEUM / 4 MAY  TO 25 MAY,  10AM – 5PM  /  FREE ENTRY




Thursday, May 03, 2018

Whittaker's and Being. Create Beats You Can Eat



In honour of NZ Music Month (May), Whittaker's have joined forces with up-and-coming Kiwi musician/songwriter Jasmine Balmer, also known as BEING., to create New Zealand's first edible record made of Whittaker's chocolate.

As New Zealand's Most Trusted Brand, Whittaker's is pleased to be part of celebrating our home-grown talent and creative spirit with a chocolate record that tastes as sweet as it sounds.

BEING's Jasmine Balmer, who contributed her new single Fold Into The Sea, says she was hooked by the innovative concept and is honoured to partner with Whittaker's as a much-loved local brand.

"When Whittaker's originally asked me to be involved, they sent through a teaser video of their prototype and I got goose-bumps! I honestly didn't think it was possible to produce a working record made entirely out of chocolate, but Whittaker's have done it!" says Ms Balmer.

Whittaker's Marketing Manager, Jasmine Currie, says the process to create a chocolate record that successfully plays good quality music took months to perfect.

"We used melted Dark Ghana Chocolate which we then poured into a record-shaped mould. The key was to get the tempering of the melted chocolate just right, which we achieved after a lot of trial and error.

"We think the end result is a great-sounding record that has the warm quality of vinyl - maybe a little scratchier but inherently a lot sweeter nevertheless," says Ms Currie.

What does a real chocolate record sound like? Find out here: https://www.whittakers.co.nz/en_NZ/our-story/#showreel

What is NZ Music Month?


Put simply, the purpose of NZ Music Month is to celebrate music from New Zealand, and the people who make it.
Firmly entrenched as part of our cultural landscape, the month of May has gone from a period of encouraging radio to play more local tunes, to a 31 day celebration of homegrown talent across the length and breadth of the country.

NZ Music Month is a promotion run by the NZ Music Commission that takes place each May, in association with other organisations including NZ On Air, Recorded Music New Zealand, APRA, The Music Managers Forum, and Independent Music NZ. And NZ Music Month could not succeed without the support of the country's labels, media, the general public, and, most importantly, the artists themselves.

Here at NZ Music Month HQ we can still remember back to the year 2000 when it all kicked off. There was plenty of great music being made but not enough people got to hear it, see it, or have it on their shelves. It's bloody marvellous to see how far things have come.

We want to help you get to great gigs, make new musical discoveries, and get excited about your faves from the past. With a bunch of new releases looming over the horizon, hundreds of gigs around the country, and media of all kinds gearing up to get behind NZ Music Month, you won't be able to miss it.

NZ Music Month will also be spreading the word about everything else that's going on around Aotearoa, so stay tuned for our personal picks throughout May and dig deep into our comprehensive gig guide to find gems that tickle your fancy.

http://www.nzmusicmonth.co.nz/

NZ Music Month on Screen

For NZ Music Month – Radio with Pictures (and more) is on Screen in Wellington



In May, otherwise known as NZ Music Month, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision's Wellington cinema is bringing a line-up of the best of 'aural Aotearoa' to their big screen. The line-up has something for everyone – Wellington music fans will be able to choose from a selection that includes the Topp Twins, avant-garde musician, Philip Dadson, a homegrown opera and many more.

Jackie Hay, Ngā Taonga Group Manager, Outreach and Engagement said, "We're delighted to bring a strong visual element to Music Month so it's fitting that we have in the mix right through May multiple episodes of the ground-breaking television show, Radio with Pictures. At the time it opened up access to a world of music not given air time on popular radio. Those with fond memories of the 60s, 70s and 80s, will be able to take a trip back to places like Auckland's Gluepot and Christchurch's Stage Door and relive some really special performances.

“We're also excited that one of the show’s most well-known presenters, Karyn Hay will be live in our cinema on Thursday 31 May for an exclusive behind-the-scenes talk about her days on Radio with Pictures”.

The full line-up of screenings is available at ngataonga.org.nz/music