The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Nick Granville

20 Aug 2013  |  3 min read

Wellington guitarist and composer Nick Granville first appeared at Elsewhere as far back as 2008 with his Wishful Thinking album with his group. An in-demand session player and guest performer (on everything from Dancing with the Stars to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra) he is also a tutor at the New Zealand School of Music teaching classical and jazz guitar. He has played alongside such... > Read more

Blues for Les

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Phil Somervell of the Datsuns

19 Aug 2013  |  3 min read

We still get excited when New Zealand acts do well overseas – recently Gin and the current coverage of Lorde – but when the Datsuns out of Cambridge made the cover of the NME in late 2002 and were called the best live band on the planet we really started to pay attention to them. Mainly because they'd made more of an impression in the UK than they had on home-turf at that... > Read more

Bullseye

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Mark Robinson

5 Aug 2013  |  5 min read

Jazz advocate and radio host Mark Robinson started buying 7" singles as a 10 year old back in 1974. He was born in the Home Counties west of London and lived there until 27 then move up North. Seriously into soul, funk and jazz-funk until plunging heavily into jazz in late teens. He lived in Auckland for 18 years until relocating to Melbourne and has now been in Adelaide a few years... > Read more

Silo

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: John Bell

1 Aug 2013  |  3 min read

Multi-instrumentalist John Bell (vibes, horns, noises) has been at the cutting edge of New Zealand improvised music for many years. His name is on releases by CL Bob, the Spirals album with his own trio, various albums which take a new look at the possibilities of brass bands (which he grew up in and he revisits with the Spoilers of Utopia album on the iiii label out of Wellington) and latterly... > Read more

O Boundless Salvation

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Grant Haua and Mike Barker of Swamp Thing

27 Jul 2013  |  3 min read

The duo is a well-established format in pop, rock and blues. A line runs from the Everly Brothers and Sonny Terry with Brownie McGhee to the White Stripes, Black Keys and local acts like the Hasselhoff Experiment to the Bemsha Swing . . . and Swamp Thing. Swamp Thing are Grant Haua and Mike Barker, the former a singer/songwriter from Tauranga, the later longtime drummer with the John Butler... > Read more

Bumping and Grinding

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Max Pellicano

24 Jul 2013  |  1 min read

Probably best to give Max Pellicano the title that he tours under, Elvis to the Max, because he is one of the best Elvis impersonators around (one of my sons bought me the t-shirt after we saw him years ago, I still have it) and he's coming back for another New Zealand tour. Dates below. This time Max is playing with a 15-piece orchestra so we can expect some pretty big ballads. Max has... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Roger Manins

18 Jul 2013  |  3 min read

New Zealand-born saxophonist Roger Manins has made his reputation in two tough places: New York and Sydney. Called "outstandingly gifted" by Mike Nock, he has brought passion and sensitivity to hard bop and recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums, among them the Trio album for Rattle Jazz with bassist Moysten Cole and drummer Reuben Bradley (reviewed here). Elsewhere... > Read more

Hip Flask

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Simon Thacker

15 Jul 2013  |  4 min read

Scotland's Simon Thacker is one of Elsewhere's kinda people. He plays classical guitar but has his ears wide open to the world and mostly works in cross-cultural contexts with musicians from India. His most recent album Rakshasa with his ensemble Svara-Kanti finds him exploring that area deeply, but the centrepiece is a commission from minimalist innovator Terry Riley. And look at his... > Read more

Dhumaketu

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Fergus Barrowman

15 Jul 2013  |  4 min read  |  1

Fergus Barrowman is the Publisher of Victoria University Press, New Zealand’s leading publisher of new fiction and poetry, as well as scholarly non-fiction, where he has been since 1985. This year VUP has its biggest ever literary list: eight books of fiction (including four first books and two second books) and nine of poetry (one first, two second). Barrowman also edits and... > Read more

Poem

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Paolo Chagas

10 Jul 2013  |  2 min read

Portuguese-born woodwind player and musical experimentalist Paolo Chagas features on the impressive duets album Forest Stories with pianist Tania Giannouli, who has recently answered our Questionnaire here. But Chagas -- who also works with electronics, studied at the Conservatory of Lisbon and has engaged with pop, classical and jazz artists -- is also a very interesting character who... > Read more

Spring's Chronic

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Simon Gooding of The Map Room

8 Jul 2013  |  3 min read

Simon Gooding is one half of The Map Room whose debut album All You'll Ever Find has impressed Elsewhere. He is a graduate of School of Audio Engineering and that was where he met fellow Map Room player Brendon Morrow. They studied in Auckland for a year then both went on to Byron Bay in Australia to complete their degrees. “The studios over there were incredible,” he says,... > Read more

Elastic Tongue

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam Scott of Phoenix Foundation

4 Jul 2013  |  4 min read

And now for someone who should need no introduction, Samuel Flynn Scott of Phoenix Foundation. They have frequently appeared at Elsewhere and Scott has appeared under his own name also. But this is appropriate right now because with their new album Fandango and a tie-in national tour (dates below) we need to ask the questions, and go right back to the beginning with . .. The first piece of... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Tania Giannouli

2 Jul 2013  |  2 min read

Earlier this year Elsewhere -- and many other reviewers locally and internationally -- was impressed by the album Forest Stories by Greek pianist/composer Tania Giannouli and woodwind player Paulo Chagas. These improvised pieces had an evocatively cinematic quality or, as Nuno Lourenco observed in a liner note, "the haunting piano sets the canvas on which the wind instruments add... > Read more

The Way Back Home

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Benjii Jackson of Muzai Records

1 Jul 2013  |  6 min read

You gotta love the motto of Benjii Jackson's Muzai Records: "independent Fighting Spirit". And they been going their independent way since 2009 wqith some of Elsewhere's favourite fuzzy pop albums. Records by the Wilberforces, the Bemsha Swing, god bows to maths, Sunken Seas, Zen Mantra (and yes even Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing) have had considerable airtime in the Elsewhere... > Read more

Deluge Slides

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Phil Broadhurst

24 Jun 2013  |  2 min read

So, where to begin with acclaimed pianist/composer and teacher Phil Broadhurst who was awarded the MNZM back in 2001 for his services to jazz? We could mention his study at Berklee then four decades of playing and recording back in New Zealand, albums with his group Sustenance, all the awards (three times winner of jazz album of the year not to mention nominations) and his Masters degree in... > Read more

Scoreless

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Dixon Nacey

21 Jun 2013  |  6 min read

Guitarist Dixon Nacey's new album Cross Now with drummer Ron Samsom and bassist Kevin Haines is a real step up for this trio whose debut Oxide (with guests) annonced a trio of impressive strengths and thoughtfulness. Nacey has been playing professionally for almost two decades and isn't just in the jazz corner. He has played in funk and rock bands, worked the corporate circuit, is a... > Read more

The Remarkable Mr Hopkins

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: J. Willgoose of Public Service Broadcasting

17 Jun 2013  |  3 min read  |  1

Let's get out of the way quickly here because you'd rather hear from this gentleman than Elsewhere. But just to say the debut album Inform Educate Entertain by the British duo Public Service Broadcasting was an immediate favourite at Elsewhere (see review here) and so it is pleasure to have the knob-twiddler and sampler J. Willgoose Esq from the group answer the Famous Elsewhere... > Read more

Everest

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Charlotte Yates

17 Jun 2013  |  3 min read

Because Wellington singer-songwriter Charlotte Yates has been busy helming the adaptation of words by the writers James K Baxter, Hone Tuwhare and Witi Ihimaera to music with various all-star casts , her own career seemed to take something of a backseat in the past decade or so. Yes, there were albums . . . but her latest Archipelgo is a real departure because with co-producer Gil Eva Craig... > Read more

Think It Through

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Kevin Haines

14 Jun 2013  |  2 min read  |  1

Kevin Haines has been a bass playing fixture on Auckland's jazz scene for many decades . . . but only in recent years has he consistently made his mark in the recording studio. Two albums with drummer Ron Samsom and guitarist Dixon Nacey (the very good Oxide and even better, more recent Cross Now) have served to remind what a fine bassist he is. So it was long overdue that Kevin... > Read more

Broken Tones

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Billy Ebeling

10 Jun 2013  |  2 min read

American singer-songwriter and busker extraordinaire Billy Ebeling has appeared at Elsewhere previously and got our vote as the most inventive, funny and talented busker to ever appear on Auckland's Queen St. He makes the occasional trip to New Zealand but a recent e-mail tells me his back in Kansas City and playing six nights a week . . . and has a new album out. The album This Life of... > Read more

Wrap Me in Your Skin