Happy Matariki – it’s jazz fest time!

The only thing I’ve got to say this week about the Port of Tauranga 59th National Jazz Festival is a reminder. Here’s that reminder: there... Read More

Nutters, climate deniers, and many bands

Tauranga’s been in the news a bit recently; you’ve got to be proud. As only the fifth-largest city in the country we tend to get a little... Read More

It’s nearly here – the jazz festival!

Okay. Through the downpour and drizzle, I think I see a jazz festival approaching... It’s not long now till Matariki and, being the first time... Read More

Interesting things (and some music)

Sometimes you come across a bit of information that you’ve just got to share. Because one of life’s great pleasures is sharing; be it sharing... Read More

Farewelling Music Month with more music

And just like that New Zealand Music Month comes to an end. Not that you’d notice… Perhaps I have become cynical but the whole ‘music... Read More

Games, gigs and more for Music Month

It’s still NZ Music Month, so this week is more of last week: local music, live and elsewhere... First of all, how about starting your day with... Read More

A deluge of music at the Jam Factory

And we’re off! Yes, New Zealand Music Month is up and running… So, as promised, I’ll be looking at a few upcoming shows this week... Read More

New music for NZ Music Month

If April, as T.S. Elliot proclaimed, really is the cruellest month then let’s be thankful it’s over and move straight on to New Zealand Music... Read More

A new album from Shirley Ryder

Prolific local singer Shirley Ryder has been at it again: she has a new album and it is ready for release during NZ Music Month. This will be her fifth... Read More

Missing jazz? Wait till Matariki!

OK! Orange is here and with it music and we are absolutely indubitably rolling again. Some starts immediately, some will arrive after a predictable... Read More

Living in a divided land

We live in a divided country; it’s sad to see and I don’t know what can be done to solve the problem. I’m not talking about Covid... Read More

NZ too quiet? Go to Europe

Welcome to another week of things not quite happening. It is, as pretty much everyone I run into says, a bit weird at the moment. Not that I’m... Read More

It was 60 years ago today…

All of us have wished, sometime, for a time machine. It would come in handy for many a situation: the brief instant you realise you have just fallen... Read More

Happy birthday Mr O’Brien

Let’s start this week with some birthday wishes. It happens that one of the Bay’s more famous residents, the very fabulous Richard O’Brien,... Read More

New music: David Long and Frank Turner

Is it too early to get nostalgic for CDs? I must confess to being slightly baffled by still-flourishing vinyl revival. What is it people hear in vinyl? “The... Read More