New Zealand is gearing up for a record number of jazz pianista residencies in the coming years, with a range of pianists returning to the land after a break from the music business.
Key points:The New Zealand jazz pianistry has a diverse portfolio and includes New Zealand born jazz musicians, European jazz pianos and Japanese jazz pianersMany pianists are returning after being away for a whileThe country’s jazz pianistic community has a vibrant and diverse talent base and has seen the birth of some of the country’s best-known jazz pianism in recent years.
In the last few years, many New Zealand-born jazz pianisers have returned to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the jazz pianistics hall of fame.
“There are a lot of young people in New Zealand that are really interested in jazz,” Jazz Federation president Mark McBride told ABC Radio New Zealand.
“They come out to live, work, study, study again and get out of the jam and start a new career.”
Jazz pianist Matthew Maitland is returning to New Zealand after an 11-year break, and has been performing solo.
He told New Zealand Radio his family were “very supportive” of his decision.
“My dad’s always been very supportive of my music,” Mr Maitlands said.
“He always loved to play in New York and Chicago.”
It was just a matter of being a bit more cautious with my life.
“I’m not trying to sound like a crazy person, I’ve just just been doing my thing and enjoying myself.”
In the past, I’d had a lot more money, I’m not really worried about what I’m going to do next year, I just want to keep my foot on the gas.
“Josiah Denson is back in New England, after spending 11 years in the US and is returning after a hiatus of nearly four years.”
That was kind of a big change, just to go back and play again and do something different.””
It was something that I’d been wanting to do for a long time.”
That was kind of a big change, just to go back and play again and do something different.
“His piano is set to be his first in New Hampshire, where he was originally from.”
To play in a new place, to play with the right people, it’s a great opportunity,” he said.
Jazz artist and musician Daniel Zimmermann was back to New York, and he’s returning after an 18-year hiatus.”
We were just coming back after some serious stuff,” Mr Zimmermans told ABC radio.”
The way the jazz community is, I think it’s really cool.
“Hopefully, this will open up new doors for people to see what I can do and what I do and to just play jazz with a lot different people.”
Jenny Womack is coming back from a five-year absence to play on the Jazz Federation’s inaugural concert series, The Jazz Master, at the New York Jazz Festival.
“For me, it was the perfect opportunity to work on my own stuff,” Ms Womak told ABC’s Morning Report.
“As a jazz musician, I felt it was a great place to start.”
Having that opportunity to be part of this music that has been so successful in the last 20 years has been a very rewarding experience.
“The New York jazz pianias hall of famers have welcomed the return of jazz musicians.”
After the jazz musicians’ strike of the late 1980s, we had a great number of people that wanted to come in and be part a new musical tradition and culture,” Jazz Masters Association president Joe Ziegler said.
He said jazz musicians had been struggling to find the money to do what they wanted to do.”
And for us, we needed a safe place where people could come and practice and play together,” Mr Womaker said.
While Mr Zieglers own piano was damaged during the strike, he said the pianists association was “very happy to see that we have someone to step in and help us continue to do our work”.”
We’re excited about this new musical community that has formed,” he told Morning Report’s Breakfast Show.