Kevin Field’s The A List nominated for a Tui

16 March 2016
Kevin Field The A List Digital File

Pianist and composer Kevin Field’s latest album The A List has been nominated for a Tui Award for the 2016 Best Jazz Album of the Year.

The Tui Awards, which are conferred annually by Recorded Music NZ, are considered one of the most significant that a group or artist can receive for music in New Zealand.

The A List was recorded in New York with some of the world’s top jazz artist. It is one of three finalists for the prestigious award, and has previously been number one on the iTunes jazz charts. 

The Senior Lecturer from the School of Music is also a member of the group DOG, whose self-titled debut won Best Jazz Album last year.

Field begin his musical career aged 8 and by 17 was playing in a jazz band. He has performed concerts across the globe and features on over 30 albums as well as releasing three of his own to critical acclaim. He is also a highly regarded teacher in Jazz Studies at the University of Auckland.

The A List is described as ‘a collection of sophisticated, polished compositions with a wide range of influences from ’70s and ’80s soul and funk to acoustic jazz, Latin and even a hint of disco!’  

“My first love is classical music but then I got into jazz and I love hearing jazz musicians playing funky grooves. With this album I was particularly interested in pushing jazz’s boundaries genre-wise,” says Field.

The winner of 2016 Best Jazz Album will be announced at the New Zealand Jazz Awards Concert taking place at Easter, on as part of the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga. Members of the public can also enjoy the sounds of Ron Samsom (Senior Lecturer at the School of Music) with his band the Neutrino Funk Experience who will be playing at the Awards Concert.

The public can also hear Kevin Field at 8pm on April 3rd, in performance at his Doctor of Musical Arts concert, being held at the Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland Street.