Local boy makes good (jazz)

Brighton, like many English cites, has a vibrant jazz scene; and there’s a drummer from Tauranga right in the midst of it. Mainstay of the scene... Read More

Bringing colour to the world

We are living, and forgive me for stating the bleedin' obvious, in unusual times. While we ponder moving to Level One, much of the world is tearing... Read More

Living in (musical) limbo

While many things seem almost normal again, the music scene is currently living  in limbo. Actually, I think that's true of a lot of Tauranga;... Read More

Live music is back!

The music scene at the moment reminds me of one of those David Attenborough documentaries. We've all seen them: gorgeous time-lapse photography... Read More

Live music – it’s a tricky one

As I write this we are about to end level 3; as you read this we will have just entered level 2. Things are changing. Many of us – including at... Read More

Still art in isolation

I have a strange tale for you today. It involves the notion of being an artist and, I guess, that age-old question: what is art? I find the whole “being... Read More

Don’t mind the blues

Greetings from lockdown. We're all in the same boat now... I got in early, going into self-isolation 30 hours before the entire country after picking... Read More

The big silence begins...

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a slowly descending silence. Things are not going well right now. I sat down with a friend... Read More

Jazz is not dead...

“Jazz is not dead” - that's what Frank Zappa famously said; he added “It just smells funny”.  It's a good line. I... Read More

Rare instruments from EmRiver

An endless stream of new music is continuously escaping all round the world; this week I'll look at some coming from right here. But first let me... Read More

March brings more music

A new week, new gigs and a new shade of brown for what we once used to call the lawn here at The Watusi Country Club. These days it’s more a swathe... Read More

Twisting by the pool, fundraising and more

As we all look at the skies awaiting rain, music continues to pour into Tauranga. I’m sure there’s a pile of it that I miss. But I do try... Read More

A tale of three trios

There's been a lot of folk around town recently, and I mean that both ways. A bunch of tourists are still on the beaches and there have been frequent... Read More

Loving St Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air: only a short time now and we can embrace the romantic charm of St Valentine's Day. Regular readers might be surprised at a jaded... Read More

Next week’s deluge of music

So that was January was it? A twelfth of the year gone already? Now we're on to February but, good news, public holidays just keep rolling in. We... Read More