[Dixielandjazz] Jazz Downunder

Roger Strong roger at nikau-nursery.co.nz
Sun Oct 28 21:06:41 EDT 2018

      Thanks for allowing me in the group.
      I have been interested in jazz for most of my 77 years and started out as a 13 year old in 1954 when my older brother won a table top record player in a cycle race. Friends of his gave him some 78 records  and one of which was 
Jelly Roll Morton’s ‘Black Bottom Stomp’ backed with ‘Grandpas Spells’.     At the end of  the 1950’s a friend of my brother won an essay competition with the prize being a complete set of the 12 LPs of Morton’s Library of Congress
recordings. My tastes in jazz currently range from  King Oliver up to about Zoot Sims with a liking for big band, Ellington and Basie as well.  As long as it swings then its for me! 
      Finding jazz wasn’t easy in New Zealand in those days and records came mostly from the UK because of the restrictions which applied to overseas currency- especially US dollars and in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s it was illegal to 
have $US even in your possession. I recall being nervous as I had a US $10 note. I grew up in Christchurch and Operation Deep Freeze mission to Antarctica was based there so there were some dollars around.
      A lifetime of collecting has given me a large collection but I am interested in exchanging with anyone. 
     There has never been a lot of jazz of any sort in New Zealand but jazz flourished in Australia after WW2 and I am interested in the traditional jazz from there. As I said it was much easier to get jazz from the UK than from anywhere else
and I have a reasonable collection of jazz from there.
      I live in a New Zealand town of about 25,000 – a tourist town in a scenic part of the country beside a large lake. I doubt that there is single traditional or indeed jazz fan of any sort in the area and so I rely on the internet for jazz contact.
      As many of you of similar age will no doubt have noticed many of my jazz enthusiast contemporaries have a habit of dying and so I look forward to hearing from anyone with similar interests.
     I was teacher for most of my working life and have an interest in history and New Zealand native plants as well.

                 Roger Strong
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