John Beasley presents… MONK’estra, Vol. 2 Mack Avenue/Southbound You can almost hear the gnashing of the teeth of purists – Why do this to Monk? – but though Volume 2 of Beasley’s reworkings of Monk tunes for his own big band is the inevitable mixed bag (opening with Dontae Winslow’s rap on Brake’s Sake is […]
Dianne Reeves Opera House, Wellington Friday, June 9 Dianne Reeves returned to New Zealand for this year’s Jazz Festival, first time for her wonderful band though – long-serving pianist Peter Martin and guitarist Romero Lubambo joined by the rhythm section of Reginald Veal (bass) and Terreon Gully (drums).
Welcome to episode 65 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and Le Petite Chocolat. This conversation is me chatting with the Artistic Director of the NZ Festival and Wellington Jazz Festival, Shelagh Magadza.
The Wellington Jazz Festival – always a highlight of the winter months – has announced its 2017 line-up. The international highlights are impressive with Bill Frisell and band (including the multi-talented Petra Haden). Frisell’s playing is legendary and ever-forward, his most recent album When You Wish Upon A Star is a career-best. Superstar drummer Dave […]
The 2010 Arts Festival was hard work for me – I reviewed loads of shows and copped grief almost every second day it seemed. The Jazz Police started a campaign to get me canned from reviewing jazz gigs – and it worked. I had to return tickets to Branford Marsalis (and was super fucked-off). It […]
Angelique Kidjo Spirit Rising Razor & Tie This live album is your Angelique Kidjo Greatest Hits CD; even though it’s not really a career summary. What it is though is a killer live set from a strong vocalist with a kick-ass backing ensemble. It’s Afrobeat-as-Afropop, a fluid sound that rolls through elements of funk and […]