Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mulatu Astatke Tonite

Wellington Jazz Festival





Take a trip with the father of Ethio jazz Mulatu Astatke.
A master of the vibraphone, Mulatu is a world music originator and constant innovator who has combined the exotic sound of his Ethiopian homeland with his love of Latin, Euro and American jazz. From special guest appearances with Duke Ellington in the 1970s to perfomances at Glastonbury, a Bill Murray movie soundtrack and Kanye West samples in the 2000s, his influence continues to grow.
Performing together with his “favourite backing band”, the nine-piece Melbourne-based Black Jesus Experience. Their hypnotic grooves and Afro-beat funk will seduce you.

Friday, May 13, 2016

NZ Music Month - Princess Chelsea Releases "Is It All OK?" video

Princess Chelsea Releases "Is It All OK?" video

Today Princess Chelsea shares a "weirdass" music video for the track "Is It All OK?" - taken from the album The Great Cybernetic Depression, released earlier in 2015 on Flying Nun Records and Lil' Chief Records.

Long time video collaborator Simon Ward - who produced and directed the video - says "Is It All OK?" is a synthetic story of the love and loss of the human race.


Princess Chelsea has a track record of impressive videos and a large youtube following, including her single Cigarette Duet, which currently has over 28 million views.

Previous singles from The Great Cybernetic Depression include No Church On Sunday, Too Many People, We Were Meant 2 B and We Are Strangers           

NZ Music Month Video - Ryan Enzed - Crawling ft Sahara Skye

Ryan Enzed - Crawling ft Sahara Skye

NZ Music Month - What's On

NZ Music Month Month Gigs

Phil Broadhurst – A Tui For His Dedication

Auckland based jazz pianist Phil Broadhurst won this year’s NZ Music Awards’ Jazz Tui for the third album in his loosely termed Dedication trilogy ‘Panacea’. NZM’s Aleisha Ward met with Broadhurst to discuss his win and what he’s up to next.
The first two albums in Phil Broadhurst’s Dedication trilogy – ‘Delayed Reaction’ (2011) and ‘Flaubert’s Dance’ (2013) – were both nominated for Jazz Tuis, winning the Tui this year Broadhurst likens his win with ‘Panacea’ to Peter Jackson winning the Oscar for Lord of the Rings Part 3.
“’Delayed Reaction’ lost out to Rodger Fox and ‘Flaubert’s Dance’ to Nathan Haines, so whether it was a vote bearing in mind that it was a trilogy and they [the judges] saved it until now, I don’t know,” he jokes.
The trilogy of albums dedicated to his influences, friends, and peers grew subconsciously at first.

“When we did ‘Delayed Reaction’ that was one of the things that resulted from my Masters’ research into [French jazz pianist] Michel Petrucciani. It wasn’t until afterwards that I realised that it was a sort of dedication to him, and when it came to the next album, I thought, why not do a dedication to a number of musicians, so the trilogy kind of grew from there.
“As well as being dedicated to some famous musicians, such as Horace Silver ‘Panacea’ is also dedicated to some of the players that I’ve been closely involved with, like [guitarist] Martin Winch, so that title track is dedicated to him. I used to have a band with Martin and Kim Paterson in the 1970s and we called the band Panacea, but there was never a song called Panacea until now.”

Phil Broadhurst Quintet - Panacea gig

In addition to being an active performer Broadhurst is also a lecturer at the Massey Albany jazz programme and host of the long running (23 years) radio show The Art of Jazz, on Radio NZ Concert. As such he has a unique overview of jazz here.
“The state of jazz in NZ is that it comes and goes, and it’s invariably hard to pin down exactly what’s going to happen in the future. I think as far as Auckland is concerned, one of the improvements over the last few years has been the development of the CJC [Creative Jazz Club]. It enabled more interaction between Wellington and Auckland, and even Christchurch and Auckland, especially with the emerging artists series. This is something you don’t really get very much in any city. I’ve been back and forth between Wellington and Auckland a lot and I can tell you that no one in either city has much of a clue about what’s going on in the other, so having a place that encourages musicians from other cities to come and play, is really important.”
However, while creative aspects of the jazz scene are improving, the financial aspects are not.
“We’re working for less now that we did 20 years ago, which is crazy… the trouble is that we end up agreeing to it anyway just for a chance to play. That’s the other problem, we all enjoy it too much so we don’t worry as much as we should about the money. We’re by no means unique in this in NZ though – it happens everywhere”
Keeping venues going is another issue he identifies as challenging the local jazz scene.
“It’s no good having a whole bunch of student musicians playing on the street, you need the venues. And if the venues are only concerned about making money on the bar, then in the end you’re going to have a problem. Jazz audiences now are there to listen to the music, rather than drink, and that’s a huge change. We didn’t used to have that, even 10 years ago, but we’ve got it now… because you’re often paying money to get in, so why wouldn’t you listen?
“Maybe the answer is to go even further. The CJC experimented recently with having two distinct sets, so maybe we need to move to the New York style with multiple sets per night, and have a drinks minimum, and then you satisfy the bar staff more.”
Because his Dedication trilogy spanned several years Broadhurst says he’s looking at different possible directions to take.
“I’m going to try and do something with Julie [Mason]. I’ll write some music, she’ll write some lyrics and we’ll do some vocal stuff. We’re going to Europe next year, possibly for a year since my job at Massey is winding up at the end of this year. We might line up some gigs while we’re there. If the radio show continues, I might also do that from there as well.”

Launched for NZ Music Month - The Orchestra of Spheres

The kid popped along to Rough Peel Records last Sunday to check out this unique group performing in-house at Rough Peel to get on down and to take a few pics.

Their new album is called Brothers and Sisters of the Black Lagoon  


What is NZ Music Month?

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 the Radio Broadcasters Association. And obviously 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.
With local music of so many different kinds blasting through our airwaves, soaring off stages, webpagesand apps, and rumbling out of ludicrously lowered cars at the lights these days it is hard to fathom why things weren't like this earlier. Well, along with the vast amount of talented musicians responsible for all the great songs, and the hardworking folks who support them professionally and personally, we'd like to think that NZ Music Month has played a part.

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.
Catch you out there...

Link to the NZ Music Month Website 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ryan Bingham - The Tuning Fork - April 20 for one show only - Photos by Trevor Villers

Last here in 2014 the Texan singer-songwriter, RYAN BINGHAM, best known for penning “The Weary Kind”, the Oscar-winning theme song for Crazy Heart, once more captivated audiences with tracks off his critically acclaimed 2015 release Fear and Saturday Night.
RYAN BINGHAM, in an intimate semi-acoustic mode, played the Tuning Fork on Wednesday April 20 for one show only.  Trevor Villers popped along to take a few snaps. 

"Rodney Fisher (Goodshirt) on the undercard, together with Elizabeth Stokes (The Beths, Hipstmatics etc),  but the real action came from where you’d expect it.  Ryan Bingham very much at home in a pared down acoustic trio" - Trevor

Tel:    +  64 9 445 8356

Rodney Fisher

Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham

Elizabeth Stokes

Elizabeth Stokes

Ryan Bingham


Monday, April 11, 2016

The full line up for the 2016 Wellington Jazz Festival has just been announced

The full line up for the 2016 Wellington Jazz Festival has just been announced:
Wellington Jazz Festival runs across 8-12 June 2016
Over 100 gigs will take place over five days with an unprecedented number of bars, restaurants and local venues also getting behind this winter music highlight
The now annual Jazz Festival draws a national audience of 15,000 music fans
Keep up to date by visiting our website at from 12 April or following us on Twitter @welljazzfest
Ticket prices range from $39- $79 (plus any Ticketek fees).
Pre-sale applies for Culture Club supporters from Tuesday 12 April.  Follow this link to sign up to the Culture Club for as little as $5 per month:
Tickets on sale to General Public on Monday 18 April.
Wayne Shorter Quartet (USA) Wed 8 June
Experience the searing sax style of jazz giant Wayne Shorter, performing with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade. The multi-Grammy Award-winning quartet continues to win fans with dynamic compositions and electrifying improvisations. Early bird rates apply until 30 April.
Karrin Allyson with the Tom Warrington Trio (USA) Thu 9 June
Be swept away by smooth chanteuse Karrin Allyson, supported by the Tom Warrington Trio and New Zealand School of Music Big Band. Known for her impressive musical range, Karrin glides between bittersweet and sassy, covering the greats from Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie. The experienced trio of bassist Tom Warrington, drummer Joe La Barbera, and guitarist Larry Koonse perform with her.
Mulatu Astatke with Black Jesus Experience (Ethiopia/Australia) Fri 10 June
The influential father of Ethio jazz Mulatu Astatke performs with the eight-piece Melbourne-based Black Jesus Experience. Together their hypnotic grooves and Afro-beat funk will seduce you.
Snarky Puppy (USA) Sat 11 June
Get down to the new jazz sound from the underground and revel in a night of raw “animal magic” (The Telegraph). This two-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn-based outfit is ready to bring the Festival funk with a jazzed-up rock concert of synth-driven grooves, “horn-hollering soul hooks, floor-shaking beats and punchy improv” (The Guardian).
Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton (USA) Sun 12 une
The voice that has backed the Rolling Stones for 25 years, Lisa Fischer is now stepping into the spotlight. Capable of both raw power and breathtaking subtlety, she mesmerised movie-goers in the Academy Award-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom.  A humble and inventive performer, this Grammy Award-winning artist brings an intimate one-night-only show fusing gospel, soul and rock.
Borrowed, Blue, Old but New (New Zealand) Sun 12 June
Take a break with some of New Zealand’s most iconic entertainers as they jazz up the great New Zealand songbook. Led by the Rodger Fox Big Band, chart-toppers Hollie Smith (Bathe in the River), Mark Williams (Show No Mercy), Debbie Harwood (Melting Pot, When the Cats Away) and Erna Ferry will surprise you with their favourite classic Kiwi pop tunes and jazz standards.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The CoffeeBar Kid talks to local band The Raskolnikovs

On a balmy Sunday afternoon, the CoffeeBar Kid sauntered down to Deathray Records in Newtown to check out the album launch by The Raskolnikovs.  Afterwards, they invited him round for a beer and a chat.  He was intending to interview the band but they had other ideas...

The Raskolnikovs are an impeccably dressed collection of Russian gypsy sailors from Wellington. They have been described in 'the media' as "drunken Russian polka-rock" with a sound like "a cross between some kind of Eastern European music and The Munsters".
Presenting hard-bitten tales of the sea, murder, murder-at-sea, drinking, drinking-at-sea, coal mining, and madness all wrapped up in a delightfully dark dance-ability.
Formed in 2003 by Brett Moodie, Matt Steindl, Justin Barr, Airini Beautrais & Dan Lucka.

The current line-up is: 
Brett Moodie (Guitars), Danny Todd (Violin), Justin Barr (Drums), Matt Steindl (Accordion) and Menno Huibers (Bass) - plus on the ep Jo Contag (Clarinet), Tom Watson (trumpet), Sharon Boyd (trombone). BV's by Helena Nimmo, Erin Geohegen and Warner Emery (ep's producer)

The Band will be touring:

Friday Apr 7  @ Wunderbar, Lyttleton Saturday
Apr 8 @ The Crown Hotel, Dunedin
Friday May 27 @ St Peters Hall, Paekakariki
Saturday May 28 @ Laundry, Wellington

Vinyl available from Death Ray records, Newtown:





Sunday, April 03, 2016

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