Sunday, June 09, 2019

GRG67 wins the Tui - Best Jazz Artist 2019

Roger Manins (GRG67)
Tonight Roger Manins and his band GRG67 took home a Tui for Best Jazz Artist 2019 beating out stiff competition from last year’s winner Callum Allardice and Roger’s other band DOG.  A short but sweet ceremony was held with Lydia Jenkin from APRA and Wellington Jazz Festival Artistic Director Marnie Karmelita 

GRG67’S album is The Thing.  On December 10, 2016, GRG67 performed ‘recital no.3’ as part of Roger Manins's Doctor of Musical Arts requirements. This album represents just some of the music performed that afternoon. After curating a number of compositions, Roger Manins needed to find the right musicians to help bring his visions to life. And so GRG67 was born, consisting of Roger Manins, Michael Howell, Mostyn Cole, and Tristan Deck.  KungFu Alto, Bicycle Buddies, Dark Bright, Chook 40, and Psalm were recorded live at the recital mentioned above, while 10:15, The Thing and Crab Empathy were recorded later in the day.  All recorded by Rattle Records owner and Engineer, Steve Garden.


Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist 2019 Finalists: Good Winter by Antipodes (Luke Sweeting, Jake Baxendale and Callum Allardice, No Dogs Allowed by DOG (Kevin Field, Ron Samsom, Roger Manins and Olivier Holland) and The Thing by GRG67 (Roger Manins, Michael Howell, Mostyn Cole, and Tristan Deck).
Also presented tonight was the APRA Best Jazz Composition Award 2019 Finalists: Winner - Chungin' by Callum Allardice.  The other finalists were Follow The Sugar To The Gee by Grant Hughson and Cerulean Haze by Jasmine Lovell-Smith (Who has been commissioned to write two new pieces for this year’s Jazz Festival with Lex French).



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