Archive for August, 2009

….well maybe….

Let me explain….

I have the opportunity to purchase some items direct from the manufacturer – the prices are great and will perhaps rock things up a little in the market with what’s on offer.

What I need to hear from is people like you whom are interested in purchasing a new horn!!

The fact that we haven’t sold a horn in a few months doesn’t really inspire me to run out and spend thousands and thousands of dollars on bringing in new horns when we can’t even seem to turn over some really good products with any sort of regularity.

I understand that NZ is a small market – but it’s also a market saturated with complete rubbish shipped out of factories in Asia that care more about volume than quality. I could go down that path – and infact I did for a test (see and earlier post) but it just isn’t the same at all. I firmly believe that some of these are turning people away from playing the horn long term rather than encouraging them.

Firstly, though I will buy some samples of each and personally test them out – the last thing I want to do is introduce a new brand into the market that I haven’t personally tried.

(I did the same with the B&S and still play 2 models regularly on gigs. Most of our products we stock I have been using for years too! – those are some great horns by the way)

So if you are in the market for a new horn (trumpet, cornet or trombone)  and are prepared to spend anywhere between NZ $500 and $3,000 I have a number of options for you with this new brand.  (In Bb trumpets alone there are something like 12 options to choose from – ranging from student model to full pro models and a good spread in between)

Drop us a line on the website and we will see what we can do for you today!


Update Summit Bb Build #3

Posted: August 31, 2009 in Harrelson Summit

Well, it’s taken a lot longer that originally aniticipated but his week may very well be the week that I receive my Bb Summit from Jason Harrelson.  I had an email late last week telling me the horn would be assembled late that week or early this week – and could I confirm that all the options I wanted were still the same.

The wait has been hard and long, but you just can’t rush things like this – it takes time and care – and that’s what is supposed to be reflected in the finished product. No doubt it will all be worth it. (The wait was a little extra as some parts we backordered at the supplier – of course not everything is made in house – just a large percentage is. Makes perfect sense to me)

Whilst waiting I did have time to think about a name that will be permanently stamped on the horn.

At this moment I imagine that  ‘Serenity’ is coming together.

I chose this name to reflect both the state of mind that playing music brings and also the nice calming tone that will be poured forth from the horn. (I’m personally not big on ripping through bebop charts and prefer to give the music space and the listener time to absorb – hence I play a lot of Ballads and slower numbers. ) It’s also quite a feminine name and will no doubt become the second woman in my life as I try and take my music up a notch to something a little more serious – spending more and more hours on the business end of the bell.

Next update – pics of ‘Serenity’ in the flesh!

Coming Soon!

(I hope…)

OJA – Gig in Urasoe City

Posted: August 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

Ever wondered if Jazz was alive and well in the tiny island of Okinawa?

I am happy to report that it indeed is.

Here’s some pics from a gig in early August in Urasoe City, Tedako Hall.

Flyer for the Event held August 1st 2009

Flyer for the Event held August 1st 2009

OJA Band in full swing

OJA Band in full swing

Let me just say that the facilities here in Okinawa in certain areas are state of the art.

The halls etc are fantastic and have all the latest technology and comforts built into them – so basically it’s a great venue to play.

It’s nice to be playing into a fresh state of the art microphone too – so you know you don’t have to take it 100%

The Okinawan Jazz Association also seems to not do things by halves either- they had professional flyers printed, local press and even recorded the event. Each gig we do seems to be better and in front of more people.

For a kiwi boy from NZ who is used to playing gigs to not a lot of people it was a welcome sight to see at least several hundred people in the audience genuinely enjoying themselves and getting into the event.

Wider shot of the Band

Wider shot of the Band

The music varied from swing standards, ballads to some serious funk and some chop busting numbers like Night in Tunisia that really put the trumpet section through it’s paces.

If you’re interested in checking out the OJA Big Band the released a CD last year to celebrate their 50th anniversary visit the home webpage here:

The Album Cover to Uchinna Jazz!

The Album Cover to Uchinna Jazz!

The band also featured in an article in the August JAL Inflight magazine this month.

Here’s hoping we can inspire the next generation to pick up some instruments and keep the tradition alive – it’s great to be involved in a band such as this one!