27 May 2012

Blue Smoke: Christchurch After Hours

From Blue Smoke, 12:02 pm on 27 May 2012

Before Ray Columbus and Max Merritt, who were the musical legends in Christchurch? Which New Zealand musician was told by Frank Sinatra to “Come to Hollywood”?

Chris Bourke looks at the music that emerged from Christchurch between the 1940s and the early 1960s. The programme includes several rare recordings from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives.

  • Listen duration 52:37

Music Details - Christchurch After Hours:

Track: There Must Be a Way
Artist: Merv Cockburn’s Solitaires
Composer: Gallop-Saxton-Cook
From NZ Presents (late 1940s NZBS radio programme)
Source: Radio NZ music library, Wellington, HOPT 6167.06. Original at RNZ Sound Archives, Christchurch

Track: Four City Rock
Artist: Peter Lewis and the Trisonic
Album: Pie Cart Rock’n’Roll
Composer: Pat Nihonihoni & Jack Urlwin
Label: Zerox DZERO2

Track: Sheik of Araby
Artist: Martin Winiata’s Aces
Source: Christchurch Jazz Society Concert 18 July 1951
Composer: Smith-Snyder-Wheeler
Location: Jim Shanahan Collection, RNZ Sound Archives, CD-R 04/65/1

Interview with Stu Buchanan and Neill Pickard, by Chris Bourke, 26 April 2012
Interview with Doug Caldwell, by Chris Bourke, October 2006

Track: I May Be Wrong
Artist: Coral Cummins with the Martin Winiata Quintette
78rpm disc
Composer: Ruskin-Sullivan
Label: Tanza Z96

Track: Big Noise from Winnetka
Artist: Jim Shanahan drums, Dave Easterbrook bass
Source: July 1954 jazz concert, Christchurch
Composer: Bob Haggart
Location: Jim Shanahan Collection, RNZ Sound Archives, CD-R 04/65/1

Track: Hospital Life/The Girl I Love
Artist: Doug Caldwell Trio
EP: Selections from ‘Say 99’
Composer: Alan Dunford-Robin Gurnsey
Label: Process PR85

Track: Golden Wedding
Artist: Bob Bradford Big Band
Album: Big Band Bombshell: Live at the Carlton
Composer: Gabriel Marie
Label: Tandem TRS 102

Track: Ruby
Artist: Bob Bradford Big Band
Album: Big Band Bombshell: Live at the Carlton
Composer: Roemheld-Parish
Label: Tandem TRS 102

Track: Goodnight, Aloha
Artist: Tommy and Rosemary Kahi
45rpm disc
Composer: Al Caihola
Label: Robbins RRSP11

Track: Bumble Bee Boogie
Artist: Tommy Kahi Group
Album: Christchurch The Music
Composer: arr. Kahi
Label: EMI 311882

Track: Abilene
Artist: the Everglades
45rpm disc
Composer: trad, arr Williams-Wilkinson
Label: Robbins RRSP47

Track: I’ve Got the World on a String
Artist: Pat Vincent
EP: Four of the Best
Composer: Harold Arlen
Label: Peak OKE4

Track: Only You
Artist: Pat Vincent, with Gerald Marston trumpet and Chuck Fowler Quintet
45rpm disc
Composer: Buck Ram
Label: Peak OK 108

Track: Key Man
Artist: Chuck Fowler Quintet
45rpm disc
Composer: J C Fowler
Label: Peak OK 1922

Track: If You Love Me
Artist: Mal MacNeal with Chuck Fowler Quintet
45rpm disc
Composer: Jack Urlwin
Label: Peak OK 1922

Track: Black Orpheus
Artist: New Zealand National Jazz Quartet with Stu Buchanan
Album: Makin’ Tracks
Composer: Bonfa
Label: Peak OKLP 6064

Track: I Should Have Known Better
Artist: Barry Markwick Trio
Album: Barry Markwick Trio Plays the Lennon McCartney Songbook
Composer: Lennon-McCartney
Label: Peak OKLP6068

Track: Teen Beat
Artist: Max Merritt and the Meteors
Album: Early Rock’n’Roll from New Zealand, vol 5 & 6
Composer: S Nelson
Label: Collector CLCD7755/A/B

Track: Short Back and Sides
Artist: Rod Derrett
Album: Rod Derrett Sings
Composer: Rod Derrett
Label: HMV CSDM 6262

Track: Haere Mae
Artist: Nick Nicholson and the Neketini Brass
Album: The Neketini Brass
Composer: Sam Freedman
Label: HMV CSDM 6264