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Tribute to an outstanding musician
By GRAHAM KELLY
pianist, bass player
and composer, jazz
Crayford has been
more than 60
New Zealand jazz legend Terry
Crayford of Hataitai will be
honoured by Wellington
musicians on February 19.
A pianist, bass player and com-
poser, Crayford has been enter-
taining New Zealanders for more
than 60 years.
He began his professional music
career in Nelson at 15, playing
with the Embassy Dance Band.
On the first night, his parents
listened from outside the hall.
They had played guitars and sung
together at home in the evenings
and had bought their son a piano.
He learned classical music from
a neighbour, but soon got bored
and taught himself after listening
to pianists such as Teddy Wilson,
Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and
Nat King Cole on the radio.
In 1958 The Everly Brothers
inspired him to buy a bass guitar,
the instrument he now plays in
the Hot Club Sandwich band.
Crayford moved to Wellington
at 17. He signed with the Bill
Crowe Dance Band Agency, and
started doing gigs with Fred
Hoffman and Ken Avery at dances
and weddings at the Empress
Ballroom and elsewhere.
By the late 1950s his band was
playing regularly on weekends at
The Pines cabaret, from 9pm till
3am for £5 a night.
During the evening he would
also feature on a honky tonk
piano, playing hit tunes of the day
such as My Heart is an Open Book,
Waterloo, Battle of New Orleans,
and Pink Shoelaces.
They were the days of no liquor
licences, so patrons would bring
their own alcohol and often the
place would stay open all night,
giving the musicians an added
bonus of a cooked breakfast.
During the 1960s, Crayford
would play five nights a week at
the White Heron Hotel, and in
1965 began a nine-year gig at the
Royal Oak Hotel on Friday and
Recording for the Lotus Studio,
later to become HMV, soon fol-
lowed, Crayford playing piano and
bass with The Blockbusters.
There were nationwide tours
with famous artists, including
Barbara Windsor, Reg Varney and
The Seekers, and Crayford also
Randy Newman, British sax
player Ronny Scott, jazz trum-
peter Wild Bill Davidson, and
American sax player Scott Hamil-
ton on tour.
When Count Basie's vocalist,
Jimmy Witherspoon toured New
Zealand, Crayford arrived on
stage at the Wellington Town Hall
with Paul Dyne on bass and Roger
Sellers on drums, and without a
rehearsal, and in front of nearly
Witherspoon leaned over to
Crayford as the concert was about
to begin and for the first number
simply said: A''. A great concert
Crayford worked on live
productions at the Television New
Zealand Avalon studios and fea-
tured on the sound track of the
movie Goodbye Pork Pie.
In 1992, when Crayford was
asked to be musical director for
Andrew London for a series of
National Radio programmes, he
played on his electric keyboard
piano with his left hand and violin
with his right, with London on
guitar and vocals, and a sax
player as part of the group.
That was the start of playing in
the swing style of the gypsy jazz
guitarist Django Reinhardt and
violinist Stephane Grapelli, with
the now well-known Hot Club
Terry Crayford tribute show, West
Plaza Hotel, February 19, 5pm. All
welcome. For information, phone
Graham Kelly on 234 8825.
There are only a few
weeks left to take your
last ride on the English
Electric units on the
Johnsonville train line.
In March the English
electric units will be
replaced by Matangi
Daran Ponter said the
new trains would be
introduced the day the
old units were retired.
He is encouraging
Wellingtonians to take
a last ride on the units.
The English Electric
units have faithfully
served the Johnsonville
line for nearly 74 years.
They are an iconic piece
of Wellington's modern
Mr Ponter said he
was hopeful some units
would be preserved and
had already received
interest from some rail-
Council would make a
decision on the disposal
of the English Electric
units later in the year,
Plans were under
way for a good send-off
for the English Electric
units later this year,
when the last of them
were withdrawn from
the Kapiti and Hutt
lines, he said.
We want to build on our reputation as an inclusive city
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