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Charmaine Ford

With a career still in its infancy, New Zealand-born piano virtuoso and composer Charmaine Ford has accomplished more than most musicians do in a lifetime.

Ford has blazed a trail of awards confirming she is indeed one of New Zealand’s most distinguished jazz musicians. She has released two self-penned albums, which showcase her extraordinary talent. Her sophomore release, ‘Busy Silence’, was awarded ‘Best Jazz Album 2007’ at the New Zealand Music Awards. Ford is the first female instrumentalist to receive this accolade. Her debut album ‘Blues for Guppy’ was also a finalist in the same category in 2004.

Charmaine performs with utter conviction and already has a distinctive sound, comprised of lyrical melodies synergized with idiosyncratic rhythmic diversity.

The Tauranga International Jazz Festival has commissioned Charmaine to write a new work, which will be premiered at her headline concert, Easter 2009

After the Last Dance

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009
Track listing: Eleven O'Clock; Itchy Thought; As Requested; The Wise Guy; Tonopah; Folieta; Midnight Chardonnay; Likewise; After the Last Dance.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charmaine Ford/Nick Tipping/Richard Wise: After the Last Dance

Read "After the Last Dance" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

After the Last Dance is a hard-grooving, impressively creative release by New Zealand's Ford/Tipping/Wise Trio. While some people wouldn't think of New Zealand as being a hotbed for modern jazz, these three musicians are aiming to change that and bring to light the strong NZ jazz scene with this release. Each tune is thoughtfully composed and ...


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