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Jan Preston Trio in Concert – 7 October 2020

Special concert! 7.30 pm show starts.  Doors open at 7pm.  Tickets available at Eventfinda.

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Jan Preston Trio - 7 Oct 2020

Jan Preston Trio – 7 Oct 2020

Jan Preston is known as Australia’s Queen of boogie piano, her new upcoming cd release for October 2020 bears testament to that. She is a magnetic live performer and astonishing piano player with a rich   resonant voice. Her original songs, compositions and mastery of boogie-  woogie captivate audiences at festivals and in concerts around the world.   Winner of 5 music awards, Jan writes music for film and TV, such as her  sister Dame Gaylene Preston’s film My Year with Helen. From her   background in classical music Jan has created her own style, not only  through her piano playing but also her singing and songwriting, which  now sees her shine as a truly Antipodean original.

https://www.janpreston.com/

https://www.elsewhere.co.nz/jazz/8828/jan-preston-play-it-again-jan-janprestoncom/

https://open.spotify.com/album/4F6QQvqUurmMyPf2hCAFrP   Play It Again Jan album

https://www.facebook.com/sevensharp/videos/2383259598568771/     Jan Preston Trio ( Boogie Circus )  tvnz seven sharp March 2019

Jan  was born in Greymouth on the remote West Coast of the South Island of NZ. Our family had little resources or opportunity, but I grew up in an era where people would gather around the piano and sing together. From when I was very young I played piano while everybody sang along or played tea chest basses, eggbeaters, combs, violins, even an old saxophone.

I had an Auntie who played honky tonk style, and heard Winifred Atwell along with early rock n roll on our old Columbus Radio in the kitchen.
Playing piano from the moment I could reach the keys, and being spurred on by my older sister and brother who both played, I studied classical very seriously, becoming a star student, passing all my grades with distinction and gaining a very prestigious place (one of 4 students from the whole of NZ) to study a 5 year classical piano degree at Auckland University.
Although I loved classical music, by the end of the degree I wasn’t happy to be a concert pianist or, more likely, a piano teacher.
So I cut off my hair, and moved to Wellington where I experimented with different styles of music, working in an independent theatre group and then rock bands.
In 1980 my band, “Coup D’Etat” had a No. 1 hit with the song “Doctor I Like Your Medicine”, after which I moved across the Tasman to Sydney, playing in bands and piano bars as well as writing music for films.
It was some years later before I found my own voice, as a boogie piano player and songwriter.
So here I am, still resident in Sydney, but constantly touring to play festivals, concerts and shows around the world, (even a recent trip to China), and I am grateful for the success and musical path I have found.
I am still enormously passionate about music and have so much more to play, sing and write!

Reviews

One woman, a piano and a whole lot of talent.

3 Weeks Edinburgh

From boogie woogie to ragtime the air pulsates with the magical rhythms she produces….a forceful presence and a huge performance energy.

ChCh Star NZ

One of the best pianists of our time, Preston masters the piano like a maestro juggling the keys. Her voice is suave and sensual, with finesse and sensibility.

Crossroads France

Australia’s finest female blues talent.

Drum Media Sydney

This New Zealander is a discovery for friends of excellent boogie based music.

Blues News Germany

Jan Preston is a crusader of the keys…she carries the torch for the piano culture.

Melbourne Age

She sings with a delivery which speaks of empowerment and hope….she’s got the blues in her heart, mardi gras in her fingers, and a Trans-Tasman attitude in her songs.

Rhythms Magazine Australia

At the piano she is queen.

ChCh Press NZ

Technically strong, full of character, dripping with life.

American Blues Review

https://www.audioculture.co.nz/people/jan-preston

August 2020 Club Night

Our August club night falls on Monday, 31 August. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7pm start.  Special guest for the second half are Bluegrass and Beyond!  First half will feature local floor singers.  Email to reserve your spot in the first half. jenine@torkington.com.

If we are still at Level 3 Lockdown, this evening will be postponed.  At Level 2, we will have a maximum attendance of 40 people. Book your tickets here: https://whangateau.co.nz/event/august-club-night-with-bluegrass-and-beyond/31_08-2020-700pm/

Whangateau Usage Rules at Level 2+

As of Friday, 29 May, New Zealand Covid19 Alert Level 2 has been loosened to allow groups of up to 100 people. Accordingly, Whangateau Hall rules have been adjusted as follows.

  1. Maximum occupancy of hall grounds (within picket fence) to be limited to 40 people.
  2. Events in the hall and grounds are still limited to 2 hours in duration.
  3. Hirer must complete an attendance register with names and phone numbers for all people present and submit to hall Supervisor (Jenine Abarbanel, jenine@torkington.com, 021 428 568) immediately upon completion of hire.
  4. Hall hirer must see that social distancing of 1m is maintained at all times.
  5. The wearing of masks is encouraged but not required.
  6. In addition to the usual required cleaning, all surfaces and doorknobs are to be sprayed down and wiped with provided disinfectant sprays and cloths. All used towels and wiping cloths to be left in hall foyer in bucket provided.
  7. All other conditions of hire and post-use cleaning requirements for Whangateau Hall remain in place and unchanged.
  8. These guidelines may be updated in response to any new guidelines issued by the New Zealand Government or Auckland Council. For more information: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/.  Additional guidance has been incorporated from https://www.majorevents.govt.nz/resource-bank/covid-19-advice-for-event-organisers/.

For more information about using the hall, contact Jenine at 021 428 568 or jenine@torkington.com

Covid19 Alert Level 2 and Whangateau Hall

Whangateau Hall will be re-opened as of Monday, 18 May 2020 under Covid19 Alert Level 2, subject to the guidelines below.

  1. Maximum occupancy of hall grounds (within picket fence) to be limited to 10 people.
  2. Events in the hall and grounds are limited to 2 hours in duration.
  3. Hirer must complete an attendance register with names and phone numbers for all people present and submit to hall Supervisor (Jenine Abarbanel, jenine@torkington.com, 021 428 568) immediately upon completion of hire. 
  4. Hall hirer must see that social distancing of 1m is maintained at all times.
  5. The wearing of masks is encouraged but not required.
  6. In addition to the usual required cleaning, all surfaces and doorknobs are to be sprayed down and wiped with provided disinfectant sprays and cloths. All used towels and wiping cloths to be left in hall foyer in bucket provided. 
  7. All other conditions of hire and post-use cleaning requirements for Whangateau Hall remain in place and unchanged.
  8. These guidelines may be updated in response to any new guidelines issued by the New Zealand Government or Auckland Council. For more information: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/

For more information about using the hall, contact Jenine at 021 428 568 or jenine@torkington.com

Covid19 and Whangateau Hall

In the light of the current recommendations against public gatherings, and the risk to older members of the community, we will be postponing all concerts at the hall for the time being, unless something changes for the better in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, Enjoy a playlist of over 30 videos from past concerts at the hall:

Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard

November Club Night

Monday, 25 November, 7:00pm, $10.

Second half guests: Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard.

For three decades Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard have been playing music together, part of that secret army of ‘indie’ musicians who fly just below the commercial radar, playing grass-roots, mostly un-plugged music throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Floor singers first half. Floor spots are two songs for a maximum total length of 8 minutes. All welcome, regardless of experience or ability.

Email Jenine to request a floor spot.