Tuesday, 08 Jun 2021

TALENTED COMPOSERS CELEBRATED AT
2021 WELLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL

This evening we celebrate the winners of the APRA Best Jazz Composition and the Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist announced at the opening powhiri of the 2021 Wellington Jazz Festival.  

Diverse composer and saxophonist Lucien Johnson was recognised as the APRA Best Jazz Composition for his song ‘Blue Rain’ while Wellington-jazz octet The Jac received the ī for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist for their album ‘A Gathering’. 

‘Blue Rain’ showcases Lucien’s mastery of jazz composition as a standout track from the album Wax//Wane 

After a decade performing together, A Gathering showcases The Jac’s tight, intricate compositions and strong improvision skills.

APRA AMCOS Head of New Zealand Operations Ant Healey says: “There’s a lot of experimentation and barrier-pushing in the compositions we’re seeing created by musicians like Lucien and the other finalists. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Kiwi jazz.”  

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen congratulates The Jac for a well-deserved win.  

How lucky are we to live in a country that has a thriving jazz scene is made up of ringapuoro tautito | jazz musicians like The Jac who craft soulful compositions and albums of such a high calibre.”   

Other finalists for the  APRA Best Jazz Composition award were Anita Schwabe for August Augmentation’, Callum Allardice for Dark Love’ while the finalists for Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist were Lucien Johnson and Unwind.

Finalists for APRA Best Jazz Composition 

  • WINNER: Lucien Johnson – ‘Blue Rain’ 

  • Anita Schwabe – ‘August Augmentation’ 

  • Callum Allardice – ‘Dark Love’  


Finalists for Recorded Music NZ 
Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa Best Jazz Music Artist 

  • WINNER: The Jac – A Gathering 

  • Lucien Johnson – Wax//Wane 

  • Unwind – Saffron 


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