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Jan Preston Boogie Pianist

Jan Preston Boogie Pianist

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  • Sat 13 Jan ’18, 8:00pm – 10:30pm


Wellington Bluegrass Society, Peel Place, 54 Richmond Street, Petone, Lower Hutt


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult...(no additional fees apply)...: $25.00
  • Member or child...(no additional fees apply)...: $20.00

Note - to book for this event, please email - wellingtonbluegrass@outlook.com - bookings only taken prior to the day of the show.

“I was born in Greymouth on the remote West Coast of the South Island of NZ. Our family had little resources nor opportunity, but I grew up in an era where people would gather around the piano and sing together. From when I was very young I played piano whilst everybody sang along or played the tea chest bass, eggbeaters, combs, violins, even an old saxophone.

I had an Auntie who played honky tonk style, and heard Winifred Atwell along with early rock and roll on our old Columbus Radio in the kitchen. Playing piano from the moment I could reach the keys, and being spurred on by my older sister and brother who both played, I studied classical very seriously, becoming a star student, passing all my grades with distinction and gaining a very prestigious place (one of 4 students from the whole of NZ) to study a 5 year classical piano degree at Auckland University.

Although I loved classical music, by the end of the degree I wasn’t happy to be a concert pianist nor the more likely career as a piano teacher. So I cut off my hair and moved to Wellington, where I experimented with different styles of music, working in an independent theatre group and then rock bands.

In 1980 my band “Coup D’Etat” had a number one hit with the song “Doctor I Like Your Medicine”, after which I moved across the Tasman to Sydney, playing in bands and piano bars as well as writing music for films. It was some years later before I found my own voice, as a boogie piano player and songwriter.

So here I am, still resident in Sydney, but constantly touring to play festivals, concerts and shows around the world, (even a recent trip to China), and I am grateful for the success and musical path I have found. I am still enormously passionate about music and have so much more to play, sing and write!”

- Jan Preston

“One woman, a piano and a whole lot of talent.” - 3 Weeks, Edinburgh

“From boogie woogie to ragtime the air pulsates with the magical rhythms she produces… a forceful presence and a huge performance energy.” - Christchurch Star, NZ

“One of the best pianists of our time, Preston masters the piano like a maestro juggling the keys. Her voice is suave and sensual, with finesse and sensibility.” - Crossroads, France

“Australia’s finest female blues talent.” - Drum Media, Sydney

“This New Zealander is a discovery for friends of excellent boogie based music.” - Blues News, Germany

“Jan Preston is a crusader of the keys… she carries the torch for the piano culture.” - Melbourne Age

“She sings with a delivery which speaks of empowerment and hope... she’s got the blues in her heart, mardi gras in her fingers, and a Trans-Tasman attitude in her songs.” - Rhythms Magazine, Australia

“At the piano she is queen.” - Christchurch Press, NZ

“Technically strong, full of character, dripping with life.” - American Blues Review

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