Rock from the Edge (3)
By Keith Newman (Copyright 2002-2004)
Creative Kiwis with export success

Revision four: 01-01-2004
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Who else made a living or toured in the UK for any reasonable period or had chart success?
  All that Jazz (a growing section featuring kiwi jazzers who made an offshore impact)
In the jazz field New Zealander's have won global respect. here are a few examples

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I need to know about Kiwi international rock, jazz, country success, particularly in the 60s and 70s so we get the record straight. I think it's going to be difficult to track the future. It's going to be amazing. This is my effort to archived the pioneer. Help me by submitting information, making corrections, supply pictures )
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Inia Te Wiata sang in Porgy & Bess in London in 1950 paving the way for the Maori Castaways and the Maori Volcanics an. John Rowles who was the first Kiwi to invade the British pop charts with If I Only Had Time which reached number three iin the spring of 1968, and stayed on the charts for 18 weeks. His follow up UK success was Hush... Not a Word to Mary, which also reached the British top 20 in 1968.

Christchurch band Me & the Others, formed from The Strangers and The Others, featured guitarist Dave Chapman, keyboard and rhythm player Paul Muggleston, drummer and later renowned record producer Peter Dawkins and Gary Thain on bass, were the first Kiwi band other than the Maori Volcanics to play the UK scene. The arrived in London in May 1966. Their first gig was playing a club owned by former Pretty Things drummer Viv Prince in Soho.

The band recorded a single and there were plans for an album after they returned from a tour of nightclubs in Germany. However the band split and Dawkins and Thain formed The New Nadir which continued to play Europe and London nightclubs. Gary THain was recruited to play with the Keef Hartley Band, staying with them for five albums before joining the classic Uriah Heep for five albums.
After a serious electric shock on stage with Uriah Heep during a US tour in September 1974 Thain never quite recovered. He died of a drug overdoes at the age of 27-years.

 In August 1966 The Four Fours said farewell to New Zealand as support act for the Rolling Stones and The Searchers took up residency on the Fairsky to pay their way to London and on the way over changed their name to Human Instinct. After nearly starving to death trying to get work they finally scored and became one of the hardest working bands on the UK circuit, often playing alongside the greats of the time including the Small Faces.

They recorded a handful of singles but never quite made the big time during their 18 months of slog. A change of line up and another trip to the UK two years later was less successful but fortuitous in the contacts they made and the music and equipment they bought back to the Kiwi club scene.

 The Brodie Brothers (Brent, Brian and Ron) were in the UK in the mid-60s and on Dec 24, 1966 recorded If You Only Loved Me for Columbia records with Paul Jones / Mike Leander using same orchestra as Jones used on his solo efforts High Times and Bad Boy. The Brodie Brothers song has since been recorded by other artists including Johnny Farnham. Brent Brodie went on to a successful solo career,

The La De Das were in the UK in the late sixties but despite offers that could have become lucrative never followed through. One story has it that their van broke down on the way to meet Led Zeppelin’s manager.

Mr Lee Grant had a working holiday and used the opportunity to create the illusion of success with his Mr Lee in London album (1968) having his picture taken atop a double decker bus. He went on to have great success as on the stage under his real name Bogdan Komonovski, taking the lead role in Elvis.

Top Kiwi session musician Doug Jerebine went to London in late 1968 after a spell with The Brew. He changed his name to Jesse Harper played bass with Jeff Beck, recorded an album that would become a underground classic and formed the World Band with another Kiwi Mike Donnelly on drums. They played London, toured Holland and turned down a recording deal with EMI. Human Instinct ended up recording seven of his songs on their first two underground albums.

Dizzy Limits (featuring Steve McDonald) played their way there and back on a cruise liner in 1970. McDonald continues to make an impact throughout the UK with his Celtic music.

Fourmyula made a serious crack at the UK and Europe renamed as Pippin in the early 70s but only managed chart success at home.  Trevor Tombleson (Trevor Keith) from Ticket joined the Keef Hartley Band in London, and one-time Fourmyula member Chris Parry ended working in the music industry in England signing the Jam to Polygram, managing the Cure and forming Fiction Records.   

Clive Coulson vocalist from Auckland bands The Dark Ages and the Rayders sang along on the background vocal to Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love while working as a roadie for Peter Grant's management company, he was on the road for several tours with Jeff Beck, was personal road manager to Jimmy Page for five years and ended up managing Bad Company during the height of their career before returning to New Zealand to farm at Raglan.

Former Maddison Kate and Human Instinct bass player
Glenn Mikkelson (Zaine Griff) went to England in 1974 with demo tapes from the then unreleased Peg Leg sessions, scored a gig with a band called Babyface who backed Johnny Wakelin on a European Tour then recorded In Zaire with him. Griff played bass overdubs on the Kinks Misfits album, then formed his own band which at times featured Hans Zimmer and Warren Cann of Ultravox. He worked with Tony Visconti then recorded a reworked version of Space Odyssey with David Bowie and had minor chart success with two singles off two of his own albums. He's now back in New Zealand working as a golf pro on the North Shore.

Shona Laing the 17-year old who shot to fame with 1905 went to London in 1975, where she stayed for seven years playing folk clubs and restaurants recording four singles and album with EMI. She was recruited by Manfred Mann to join his Earth Band, including an appearance on the album Somewhere In Africa.

English-born Chris Thompson grew up in New Zealand returning to England to join the Earth Band in 1975 singing the hit Blinded By The Light and appearing on the hit album The Roaring Silence. He stayed with the band until 1979 when he began working with his own band Night which enjoyed two Top 20 hits, Hot Summer Nights and If You Remember Me. He also wrote Johnny Farnham’s You’re the Voice and songs for The Doobie Brothers, Michael Mc Donald, Heart, Isaac Hayes, Ray Charles and others. Billy Kristian who’d been with Max Merritt and Billy Thorpe in Australia was also member of Thompson’s Night, which featured one-time Rolling Stones keyboard player Nicky Hopkins

Chris Thompson has a doppelganger. While not similar in looks their career paths have cross many times. Both went to Hamilton Boys High although the English born namesake was a couple of years older than the folk and blues singer. Ironically they both ended up at the same stage in a recording studio in London at one stage while working on separate projects.  New Zealand born Chris Thompson has been hailed as one of the top folk and blues singers in new Zealand, has written over 200 songs and had albums released in the US and UK. He was a personal friend of  US bluesman Brownie McGhee until his death, and kept in touch with Julie Felix who employed him as her guitarist in London in 1971. He toured the US and Canada in 2003.

Suzanne Donaldson of the Chicks left for London in the late 1960s after marrying bass player Bruce Lynch. She was in a three-piece vocal group called Bones with another New Zealander Joy Yates. Suzanne and Bruce were highly sought after as first call session musicians. “We both left for recording sessions at Air London one day and said we'd meet later for dinner not realising we were going to be at the same session. When I walked in I realized it was with Cat Stevens who then turned to Bruce to introduce me. ‘Do you two know each other? You seem to have the same accent!’ Of course we informed him we certainly did,” says Suzanne. That session was for Oh Very Young on which Suzanne sang the solo. 

She also worked on albums with Cleo Laine and numerous others including Carl Douglas' 1974 novelty hit Kung Fu Fighting and appeared on the Walker Brothers hit single No Regrets. She had a single out on Ringo Starr's Ringo Records called
You Really got a Hold On Me which went to number six in Australia and New Zealand and got into the UK top 100. Suzanne and Bruce did two world tours with Cat Stevens and recorded five albums with him. Bruce also played on Rick Wakeman’s Rhapsodies album. The couple's son Andy Lynch is guitarist in pop band Zed, which have also been making inroads into the Australian and US music scene under management of Ray Columbus.

Singer, songwriter John Hanlon has lived in Australia since the late 70s running an advertising agency and was in 2002 working with Bruce Lynch and Zed on a double CD. Mike Harvey, John Hanlon’s arranger and producer had his own band called Salty Dog in the 70s and early in 2002 had a number one hit in India after creating the soundtrack for a local movie. Another Kiwi composer and musician Mike Perjanik now lives in Sydney, has had major success as an arranger and producer of contemporary music for advertising, television and film as is chairman of the Australasian Performing right Association (APRA).

Former Human Instinct bass player Zaine Griff (Glenn Mikkelsson) worked with dance and mime artist Lindsay Kemp, recorded with David Bowie, Gary Newman and The Kinks and had four albums of his own material released in London with a band featuring Ultravox drummer Warren Cann and keyboard player and producer Hans Zimmer. In the late 70’s Graeme Myre (ex Mandrill) worked in London engineering for Toni Visconti on David Bowie’s Station to Station and Phil Linnot’s (ex Thin Lizzy) solo project.

Alanna Currie was a member of the Thompson Twins but having one Kiwi in a three-piece band doesn’t qualify them as a Kiwi band for airplay, although we’re allowed to be proud of her.  By the same token Neil Finn’s band Crowded House is claimed by the Australians, Americans and Kiwis. Still there’s no doubting Neil’s heritage.

The brothers Finn from Te Awamutu, Neil and older brother Tim have more than paid their dues over the decades, initially as members of the pioneering theatrical Split Enz. Split Enz moved to Australia where they were signed to Mushroom releasing the Mental Notes album before heading on to London where they recorded new songs for their Second Thoughts album with Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera. England was as amused by the band as the Australians were and they managed to score a deal with Chrysalis. They toured the US and after releasing several more albums the Finn brothers went their own way, Tim to a successful solo career and Neil to form Crowded House (in 1984).

Crowded House based in Los Angeles, signed with Capitol Records. Their first album reached number one on the Australian charts and the singles Don’t Dream It’s Over and Something So Strong were both top 10 hits in the US. On May 27, 1998 Neil Finn after breaking up the band spent his 40th birthday performing songs from his first solo album at London's Abbey Road.

Tim Finn recorded Escapade (1983) and Big Canoe (1986). In 1991, he joined Crowded House for the Woodface album and tour writing some of the most memorable songs of his career, including Weather With You and Four Seasons In One Day.

He released Before & After in 1993, which Q Magazine gave four stars and described as “tuneful, pert, intelligent pop.” In 1994, Neil and Tim collaborated on Finn. Tim in the late 1990s worked on Enzso 1 and 2, Eddie Rayner's albums of orchestrally arranged Split Enz songs, which sold well in New Zealand and Australia. In 2000, Tim released Say It Is So. Eddie Rayner had his own international successes following Split Enz, touring with Crowded House in the US and UK and being called in to play, arrange and produce keyboard parts one Sir Paul McCartney’s Press Play album.

Alistair Riddell and Space Waltz followed in the footsteps of Split Enz moving to Australia for a time but folding after a recording contract failed to deliver.  Riddell continued to pursue a career in Britain and Los Angeles.

Dave Dobbyn racked up five songs in the APRA top 30 (including with The Dudes, DD Smash, and as a solo artist)  and has recorded a dozen albums or so albums. He has lived, recorded and toured extensively in Australia, the US and UK.  Tickets to the Finn, Runga and Dobbyn concert in London's Brixton Academy in February 2002 were sold out before the posters even hit the streets.

The Chills, The Bats, Clean. Chris Knox in his various incarnations and numerous other Flying Nun bands have also worked the London and European circuit and some have ventured to the US (I wouldn’t have a clue where to start). The Datsuns from Waikato after successful shows in London signed a one deal record album with Richard Branson V2 records for a reputed $600,000 – unheard of for a previously unknown band. One writer called them “the world’s most essential new group”. Both the D4s and the Datsuns were in London as part of Flying Nun’s Under the Influence Tour with Pan Am and Betchdupa in 2002.

In Feb 2003 The Datsuns took on the big-city boys and won best live band at the New Musical Express Awards in London. The four-piece band from Cambridge, dubbed "the heroes of the new rock revolution" by NME magazine, beat top British band Oasis and Australian group The Vines to win the award. They were also nominated for best international band and best new band.

Manager Tom Dalton said the group - who now call themselves Dolf de Datsun, Christian Datsun, Matt Datsun and Phil Datsun - were blown away. They interrupted their 25-stop European tour to attend the awards.

Kog Transmissions record label representing electronic groups including Concord Dawn have made breakthroughs in England and Japan. In the hip hop field New Zealand-born Samoan King Kapisi has had album success and tours to Australia, P-Money aka Pete Wadhams won third place in the DMC DJ World Championships at London's Apollo Theatre in 2001

In June 2001 Che Fu, The Krates, Fur Patrol, The D4s and Wai played various gigs around London ahead of the inaugural Fierce Festival at Brockwell Park. Tadpole played in London and toured throughout Australia.  In 2002 The D4s from Auckland released their debut album 6Twenty to great acclaim in the UK. NME writer Paul McNamee said “People are hungry for some new garage rock heroes and as America and Scandinavia have been roundly plundered its time to look to the fertile hills of New Zealand.” John Clarkson editor of Penny Black magazine said “looks like the future is still rock n’ roll, and it’s from New Zealand.”

Wellington based group Wai,  received a Tui NZ Music award  in 2001 for its debut album WAI 100% and were New Zealand’s first BBC Radio 3 world music award nominees in two out of seven categories. The group attended the awards and completed a three-week tour of the UK and Europe. It was one of only two local groups who performed at Hyde Park London and Bristol for the Queens Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Wai was one of 40 bands world wide invited to present a showcase in Essen Germany in October 2002, at the biggest  world music expo of publishers, retailers, promoters ,


All that Jazz

There’s no shortage of international success in the jazz idiom, in fact Kiwis have been there alongside the world greats at some of the most exciting times in the evolution of music, including jazz and its various moods and flavours. Mike Nock world-renowned improvisational jazz pianist began his career in New Zealand and headed for Australia in the late 1950s where he quickly became a regular on the jazz circuit in Sydney and Melbourne, including as a member of the highly regarded Three Out Trio.

After recording there with that unit in 1960-1961 he headed to England playing in top venues there before taking up a scholarship to Berklee in the US. He lived in the US for 25-years, working with legendary musicians including Dionne Warwick, Coleman Hawkins, Yusef Lateef on many critically acclaimed recordings. He formed fusion group The Fourth Way, which became widely known and influenced many American bands.

Mike was have received numerous awards and fellowships in the US and Australia and given the New Zealand Order
of Merit for services to jazz  in 2003. He won New Zealand Jazz Record of the Year in 1987 and 1989. In 1983 he hosted the TVNZ series “Nock On Jazz” and in 1993 was the subject of a TVNZ documentary, “Mike Nock – A Jazz Film”. From 1996 to 2001 he was music director of Naxos/Jazz, overseeing the production of more than 60 widely acclaimed jazz CDs from all corners of the world.

Mike Nock has toured Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada with various groups, as well as performing widely throughout Australasia. His music has been commissioned and performed by groups such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (USA), Australian Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand Piano Quartet, and Umo Jazz Orchestra (Finland) among many others. Since 1986 Nock has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Jazz Studies Dept.

Sydney-based pianist Judy Bailey is also a Kiwi and one collector reported finding one of her albums selling for $A2700 in a Japanese specialist jazz store. Incidentally the Japanese seem to love Kiwi jazz.

Top jazz drummer Frank Gibson Junior joined top UK funk-fusion unit  going Morrissey Mullin in the early 70s, alongside Kiwi bass player Bruce Lynch. He played sessions with Leo Sayer, the Walker Brothers, , and performed alongside Dusty Springfield, John Scofieldf and former Charlie Parker trumpet player Red Rodney and saxophonist Sonny Stitt. His first big gig was with Dionne Warwick’s big band in 1970 after her drummer couldn’t get a visa and was invited back for more work. He played with Rick Wakeman in London in 1979 as did bass player Bruce Lynch, who along with his wife Suzie were regulars with Cat Stevens in UK in the 70s Gibson, is an international Sabian and Remo endorsee.  He was head of the percussion department at the Conservatorium of the Arts in Perth for five years.

In fact there was a strong contingent of Kiwi jazzers in the UK in the 70s, often playing alongside the best in the world. Saxophonist Brian Smith headed there with his wife Irene in 1964 and was a sought after session player and sideman at Ernie Garside’s Club 43 and Ronnie Scott’s in London. He played with the Small Faces, Eartha Kit, Nancy Wilson and a heap of others and was a key member of Maynard Ferguson's big band for five years. Concurrently he was a founding member of Ian Carr's Nucleus, a jazz fusion unit that recorded over a dozen albums from 1969 through to the early 1980s. While in the UK Smith recorded with friends Kiwi keyboard player Dave MacRae and his wife Joy Yates in Pacific Eardrum which also featured bass player Billy Kristian. Kristian has also played with Nucleus on a couple of albums as did Dave McRae and drummer Roger Sellers.

Kiwi bass player Rick Laird was a key member of John McLaughlan's Mahavishnu Orchestra. The Irish-born Kiwi
arrived in London in 1962 and began working with Brian Auger (whose band included McLaughlin) and eventually scored a gig at Ronnie Scott's, where he backed jazz legends including Ben Webster, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins and Freddie Hubbard. He won a scholarship to the US in 1966 and began working with top artists there including Mel Torme. Returning to electric bass in 1969 he recording on Tony Williams Lifetime album and in Los Angeles soon joined Buddy Rich's big band for a year. In 1971 he moved back to London, only to get a cable from McLaughlin asking him to come to New York to join his new group. He played alongside Billy Cobham, keyboardist Jan Hammer, and violinist Jerry Goodman and recording Birds of Fire and Inner Mounting Flame with McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. He has since recorded and toured with Chick Corea, Stan Getz, and Richie Cole.

Auckland-born jazz musician Alan Broadbent has been based in Los Angeles for nearly 40 years. He’s arranged most recently for Nathan Haines and is known internationally for his work as pianist and arranger with Charlie Haden, Diana Krall and others. In fact Broadbent has racked up an impressive seven Grammy nominations including two awards for arranging jazz albums. Broadbent became a Member of the NZ Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Awards in June 2008.

Blind multi-instrumentalist Claude Papesch from New Plymouth cut an interesting swathe through the New Zealand and Australian music scenes. He was working the jazz clubs in Auckland by the aged of 16 and was soon recruited to form a band to back rocker Johnny Devlin which becamek known as the Devils. They were in Australia from May 1959 and when they disbanded Claude continued to make music on both sides of the Tasman as a solo artist and with other top players of the time.  In 1966 he and eccentric Kiwi drummer Bruno Lawrence formed was part of a jazz combo, with a residency at the Latin Quarter in King's Cross, supporting fellow Kiwi, Ricky May, the Maori cabaret singer from Onehunga. May had moved to Australia in 1962, eventually scored his own TV series, recorded many albums and at one stage was Australian entertainer of the year. He died in 1988 from a heart attack.

In 1968 Claude Papesch had a band in Sydney called the Electric Heap which also featured Bruno, Dave Russell from the Invaders and Tim Piper from the Breakaways. Bruno didn't stay long and When Bruno left to join Quincy conserve back in New Zealand former Quincy’s keyboardist Raice McLeod stepped into his shoes. Claude release two heavily jazz influenced solo albums where he featured on the Hammond organ in 1973 and 1974. He was an alderman of the Blue Mountains City Council from the end of 1981 and served a year as deputy mayor. He died of cancer aged 45, in February 1987.

Saxophonist, producer and arranger Bob Gillett studied under the great European composers of the 30s and 40s, played in big bands touring with Stan Kenton and Anita O’Day, and backing Billie Holliday, Frank Sinatra and Ella FitzGerald. From the moment he left California and arrived in New Zealand in 1960, Gillett made his mark producing and arranging material for a range of artists. He’d been heavily influenced by Indian music and had a lifelong passion for black music; in particular Be Bop. His willingness to experiment with new sounds, had a lasting impact on local musicians. He led top radio orchestras, including the New Zealand Broadcasting Service (NZBS) radio band and encouraged jazz, classical and rock performers to improvise and do it with feeling.  Gillett now living on Waiheke Island formed the legendary rhythm and blues unit The Brew with guitarist Doug Jerebine, and was a member of The Underdogs final line-up.

Accomplished keyboardist Mike Walker who’s career spans from the early days of rock and cabaret beside Tommy Adderley through to residencies at the Montemarte in Auckland with his jazz trio has played extensively off-shore with artists including Leo Sayer (more info welcomed). Cabaret and club singer Beaver who had debuted with the theatrical rock unit Blerta and continued to play with legendary drummer Bruno Lawrence was invited to play a two week stint at Ronnie Scott’s in London in 1988. The band put together for the occasion featured fellow Kiwi the late Andy Brown on bass, saxophonist Ray Worley, Geoff Castle on keyboards and Brian Spring on drums.  The result was the album Beaver Live at Ronnie Scotts, an accomplished album of jazz standards.

Phil Broadhurst the voice of "The Art of Jazz" on Concert FM. Phil  and awarded a Queens Birthday honour for his services to Jazz in 2001 is a graduate of the Berkley School of Music (USA). He has recorded and toured prolifically both with his band Sustenance and numerous other groups and three times won Jazz album of the Year. He’s performed extensively in the US and UK with top players.

Malcolm McNeil is a highly regarded jazz singer who’s established an international reputation. He’s recorded nine albums of contemporary and original jazz songs and performed all round the world. Singer Mark Murphy and composer/pianist/singer Richard Rodney Bennett helped Malcolm to get established in London where he formed a lasting friendship and musical association with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth. As well as touring the UK with their orchestra, he has performed at festivals in Holland, France, Italy and Japan and the International Bombay Jazz Festival, India.

Colin Hemmingsen is one of the pioneers of New Zealand jazz. He was educated at Berklee on a Downbeat scholarship and went on to the New England Conservatory of Music where he completed a Master’s in bassoon and jazz. After teaching and performing in the US, he returned to New Zealand where he established the country’s first jazz school, and in founded the New Zealand Jazz Foundation in 1983. Hemmingsen is also renowned for his work as a classical musician; for many years he was the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassoonist and he’s also accomplished on tenor and soprano saxophone

Paul Dyne is one of New Zealand’s most respected jazz bassists. He lived in Montreal, Canada from 1970 - 1980 where he played with a number of top musicians and performed with US jazz legends Sonny Stitt, alto sax and Pepper Adams on baritone sax. Since returning to New Zealand in 1980 he has played on over 150 radio programmes for Radio NZ, recorded over 35 CDs and albums and has backed over 100 visiting international artists including Lee Konitz, Emily Remler, Bruce Forman, Bill Cunliffe, Ralph Sutton, Bobby Shew, Mike Nock, Andrew Hill, Darrell Grant, Scott Hamilton, James Morrison, Michael Brecker and Holly Hofmann.

Auckland- based jazz vocalist and pianist Julie Mason has recorded and performed extensively in her homeland, and appeared at several major Australian jazz festivals, as well as playing at jazz clubs in Paris and Berlin. She has featured with the Auckland Philharmonia in their Cisco jazz series, and entertained heads of world government (including Bill Clinton) at the APEC World Leader’s Dinner. She’s often referred to as “New Zealand’s answer to Diana Krall”

The Roger Fox Big Band toured around the world with a myriad of jazz musicians. Trumpeter Edwina Thorne formed the Thorne Birds comprising some of the best women jazz muso’s in New York in the 80s. Mark de Clive-Lowe has been UK based since the worldwide release of his album Six Degrees.

New Zealand’s Nairobi Trio had their beginnings in 1989 and apart from being the eclectic jazz unit being highly sought after throughout New Zealand also appeared at major festival in the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. The unit famous for their classic jazz renditions and accomplished acoustic and electric performances were actually being a quartet.

Sax, trumpet and flute player Nathan Haines, son of renowned jazz bass player Kevin Haines and brother of accomplished guitarist Joel, has studied in the Us and lived in UK for over a decade working the clubs and recording chilled out jazz funk styles. Nathan moved to New York in 1991 at the age of 19 to further his study of jazz music. He studied privately with ex Miles Davis saxophonist George Coleman, and with Joe Lovano, but it was jamming with New York jazz/dance group Groove Collective at the Giant Step nights, which turned him on to fusing jazz with dance grooves. Back in New Zealand a few years later, Nathan recorded the country's biggest ever selling jazz album Shift Left, achieving Gold status. It was released in the UK on the prestigious Verve label in 1995. He’s been a regular in jazz clubs across Europe and played Tokyo's Blue Note Jazz Club as well as top festival around the world.

He released two albums Sound Travels in 2001 and Squire For Hire in 2003 on UK dance label Chillifunk with producer Phil Asher. The later album featured US soul singer Marlena Shaw on the title track, Damon Albarn from Blur singing a Steeley Dan cover, and Philidelphia based producer/poet Rich Medina waxing lyrical.  Nathan also featured on Jamiroquai's album 'Dynamite', and played live with the band at Clapham Common in July 2005. His trademark flute and sax work has graced albums, releases and remixes from Masters at Work, Jon Cutler, Mark de Clive Lowe, Italian jazz pianist Marco Di Marco, Alex Attias, Bugz in the Attic, Jon Cutler, Reel People, Xpress 2, and others. In 2007 Nathan released his latest album Right Now

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Resources and research
Bruce Sergent's thorough site of Kiwi rock:
(Ray Columbus, Peter Posa and Max Merritt photos from Bruce's site)

The Kiwi Edge:
Kimball Duncan’s pages on the Australasian rock scene

Oldies website:
Andrew Schmidt:
Stranded in Paradise
(John Dix)
Hostage to The Beat
(Roger Watkins) 1995
When Rock Got Rolling (Roger Watkins) 1989
Endless research and interviews by Keith Newman.
Some of the Frank Gibson content from Howick and Pakuranga Times interview by  P. J Taylor, 10 May 2007
Ricky May, Frank Gibson Jnr, Mike Nock, Shona Laing and Billy TK by Keith Newman

Individuals who’ve helped with key information so far:
Maurice Greer, Suzanne Lynch, Dalvanius Prime, Phil Yule, Ray Columbus, Bill Hester, Lynne Thompson of Wild Rose Music,  Alison Poulsen, Andrew Schmidt, Rikki Morris, Vicki Perjanik, Bruce Sergent, Kimball Duncan,Gray Bartlett, Vaughan Rapata,  ....

A need to know basis  This article will remain a living document, open for updates, adjustments and changes until I find a good reason to publish it in hard copy, along with other Kiwi rock history I am gathering. One or two sentence explanations containing quips, details and dates about  offshore record sales or achievement by New Zealand musicians, bands, producers are being solicited. Can you help?  Email responses, updates, corrections to Keith Newman:
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