Touring jazz man brings own Steinway on wheels
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.