Tour­ing jazz man brings own Stein­way on wheels

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PJ TAY­LOR

A world-class Kiwi jazz pian­ist-com­poser is bring­ing his own pi­ano - a Stein­way no less - to play How­ick’s Uxbridge The­atre this Fri­day night. Jonathan Cray­ford and The Stein­way Tour roll into Uxbridge Arts and Cul­ture with a strong rep­u­ta­tion and life­long roll-call of mu­si­cal achieve­ments since he started play­ing aged three.

The multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist and crit­i­cally-ac­claimed com­poser will be play­ing a Stein­way D grand pi­ano, and his work en­com­passes a wide va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal gen­res. As a mu­si­cian in New York, he’s worked with Kurt Rosen­winkel, David Bin­ney, Mambo Ma­coco, Groove Col­lec­tive, and in Eu­rope with David Mur­ray, Tony Allen, Quest­love, Macy Gray, Bobby Car­casses, of Cuba, and many oth­ers in­ter­na­tion­ally.

His work spans gen­res and dis­ci­plines, in dif­fer­ent parts of the world, in­clud­ing Aus­trala­sia, Eu­rope, Brazil, Spain, United States par­tic­u­larly New York, and Cuba.

Cray­ford’s also scored nu­mer­ous fea­ture films, win­ning in­dus­try awards. His lat­est trio of al­bums gained crit­i­cal ac­claim with East West Moon re­ceiv­ing last year’s Tui award for best jazz al­bum at the NZ Mu­sic Awards, and its pre­de­ces­sor Dark Light de­scribed as ‘‘a mas­ter­piece’’.


Jonathan Cray­ford plays Uxbridge The­atre, March 16, and Auck­land Arts Fes­ti­val, March 20.

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