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There’s jazz in New Zealand! Tales of researching New Zealand jazz


April is Jazz Appreciation Month and April 30 is International Jazz Day! We invite you to come and appreciate New Zealand jazz by joining jazz historian Dr Aleisha Ward and jazz researcher Dr Nick Tipping as they regale you with tales of their adventures researching New Zealand jazz.

This event is cancelled to protect against the risk of COVID-19.

Researching jazz adventures

In a celebration of New Zealand jazz Dr Aleisha Ward and Dr Nick Tipping, two of New Zealand’s preeminent jazz researchers will regale you with tales of their adventures researching jazz in New Zealand.

Wonderful and intriguing stories

From people wondering that there’s anything there to research, to bringing to light fascinating stories and music that almost disappeared, and chance meetings that change everything you thought you knew about jazz, Aleisha and Nick have discovered many wonderful and intriguing stories about New Zealand jazz that they want to share with you.

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About the speakers

Dr Aleisha Ward is the Research Librarian Music at the Alexander Turnbull Library. She is a world-renowned expert in the history of jazz in New Zealand and was the 2017 Douglas Lilburn Research Fellow. She is also a recipient of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage New Zealand History Trust Fund Award for her work on the Jazz Age in New Zealand. Aleisha is an award-winning author for her work on New Zealand jazz as well as writing for audioculture.co.nz.

Dr Nick Tipping is the host of Radio New Zealand Concert’s Inside Out and The Works. He was formerly the Head of jazz at the New Zealand School of Music, and as a bassist has performed with groups and artists as diverse as the NZSO and Roger Fox Big Band, to Suzanne Prentice and Kenny Burrell. He is also a member of Jazz Tui nominated band The Jac.

Black and white photo of 5 men and one woman in formal dress sitting with their instruments, which include a piano, drum and banjo.
The Amateur Syncopaters, ca 1925 to 1930, by William A Price. Ref: 1/2-000341-G. Alexander Turnbull Library.