R A T T L E   J A Z Z


The Rattle Jazz Series aspires to become the home of innovative New Zealand jazz. Talented newcomers and seasoned masters are invited to push musical boundaries, and Rattle will bring its award-winning pursuit of excellence to the service of the most innovative composers and performers in New Zealand jazz today.


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This year the Tui Awards for Best Jazz Album was an all Rattle affair, and we couldn't be happier. Apart from the fact that all three albums are superb, the clean sweep affirms Rattle's vision for a contemporary jazz series that champions creative excellence. Congratulations to The Jac (Nerve), Dog (Dog), and Jonathan Crayford (Dark Light) for producing the most outstanding New Zealand jazz releases of the year. Great work guys, and very well deserved!

Of course there can only be one winner, so it gives us great pleasure to announce that the 2015 Tui Award for Best Jazz Album went to Dog. By any standard this album is exceptional, and we couldn’t be happier for Roger, Olivier, Kevin and Ron. It goes without saying that the standard of work being procuded by New Zealand composers and musicians is world-class, as anyone who heard the set Dog played on the CJC stage at Tauranga will surely agree. Woof woof chaps!

To celebrate our success at the Jazz Awards, we’re discounting the entire Rattle Jazz catalogue by 20% from now until the end of Music Month, Sunday May 31. Simply add your albums or downloads to cart then type TUI into the coupon box at checkout to activate the discount.

Dave Lisik

Hip Flask

Recorded with some of New York's greatest jazz musicians, Dave Lisik's Machaut Man and a Superman Hat is contemporary jazz at its most assured. This masterful album is exceptional on every level, a strong, fully focused statement from one of Rattle's finest contemporary artists. "Machaut Man and a Superman Hat was an amazingly enjoyable project to put together knowing that this band was going to tear through these tunes. Being at the recording was an opportunity to see these players in their element, especially at Systems Two, a studio that feels like a second home. The compositions on this album were collected over several years, a few older originals and others written recently specifically for this recording. As a composer, you appreciate it when professional musicians are willing to spend time working on something you’ve written; you know that they’ve dedicated years to be able to play well, but the five guys on this recording play jazz at the highest level, and their collective playing is gorgeous." - Dave Lisik

In 2001, Roger Manins recorded his first album, Hip Flask, in the ABC Studios in Sydney. Following it's 2005 release, Australian reviewer Peter Wockner described the album as an 'ominous signal to the jazz world', an album heralding the arrival of a musician of great integrity, virtuosity, and fidelity to the values that animate the highly expressive, perpetually evolving genre of jazz. More than a decade later in December 2013, Roger assembled the same musicians to record a second Hip Flask album. The result is 2, a vibrant set of self-penned blues-based compositions driven by killer grooves and an unapologetic love melody. This is jazz of a high order, performed by musicians of exceptional skill and musicality, and an infectious sense of fun. This double CD release features both Hip Flask albums.


Jonathan Crayford

Dog is an Auckland quartet featuring four of New Zealand's most highly regarded jazz musicians/composers, and with Dog, their superb first album, they mark their Rattle Jazz debut. The music is fresh and vibrant, composed and performed by four outstanding, highly disciplined artists who live and breathe jazz – and it shows. These guys are barking good! Ruff ruff!!

Jonathan Crayford marks his Rattle debut with the exceptional Dark Light. Recorded at Systems Two in New York City by Mike Marciano, the album features Ben Street on bass and Dan Weiss on drums, two of the most remarkable (and highly in demand) of the new generation of New York jazz musicians.


Alexis French

yeahyeahabsolutelynoway! is an Adelaide-­‐based jazz trio comprised of two guitars and drums. The group write and perform contemporary jazz that is firmly and affectionately rooted in 70's fusion. Their genre-­bending style brings together elements from the jazz tradition with tinges of rock and smatterings of ambient loveliness, weaving composition and improvisation in a unique and imaginative way, creating original music that can be both subtle and explosive.

Trumpeter Alexis French returns to New Zealand from his studies in Montreal with an Honours Degree under one arm and this exceptional album under the other. All self-penned, the music on The Cut features a tight ensemble of some of the best young jazz talent in Canada.

Nick Tipping reviews Rattle Jazz releases on The Critic's Chair, May 2014


Flaubert's Dance
The Jac
Nick Granville Group
Samsom Nacey Haines
The Harvest
Phil Broadhurst Quartet
Sneaking Out After Midnight
Reuben Bradley
The Troubles
Dave Lisik & the Mothership Jazzgroove Orchestra
The Harvest
Adam Page, James Brown and John Psathas
Sneaking Out After Midnight

Mark Lockett
The Troubles
The Troubles
Storm in a Teacup
Campbell Rae Dyne
Tom Dennison
Tim Hopkins
Amy Rempel
Curse of the Queen's Diamond

Dave Lisik
Samsom Nacey Haines
Reuben Bradley
Roger Manins
FSH Trio


 C J C   (C R E A T I V E   J A Z Z   C L U B) 


The Creative Jazz Club (CJC) has moved to a new venue at 1885 Britomart. Concerts are every Wednesday night at 8pm, followed by a jam from 10pm. Rattle wholly supports CJC in their effort to promote NZ jazz, and we encourage all of you to check them out.

To visit the CJC website, join their mailing list, or become a CJC member, click here


J A Z Z   R A D I O 


• Brian Soundy – UK Jazz Radio London • Go to UK Jazz Radio
• Mark Robinson – Primetime Jazz Radio, Adelaide • Go to Primetime Jazz
• Michael Prescott – 5MBS, Adelaide •
• Jonathan O'Riordan – Radio Active, Wellington • Go to Jonathan's Mixcloud
• Peter McLuskie – Radio Active, Wellington •
• Robert Ratajczak, RadioJAZZ FM, Poland • Go to RadioJAZZ FM
• Midday Jazz with Jackie Anderson, WJAB 90.9 FM, Alabama •
• The A-Trane with Nou Dadoun, CFRO 102.7FM, Vancouver • Go to A-Trane
• Sue Dowling, Eastside Radio, 89.7FM, Sydney • Go to Eastside Radio
• Juan-Carlos Valencia, 2MBS 102.5FM, Sydney •
• Blair Stafford at Straightup.com, Australia •
• Overnight Jazz with Peter Poses, KRFC 88.9FM, Colorado • Go to KRFC 88.9FM
• Joe Cassara, WDNA-FM in Miami • Go to WDNA-FM
• Jazz Today with Pete Butchers, 105FM, Cambridge • Go to 105FM









Phil Broadhurst Quartet