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The Wellington Jazz Festival will be home to the New Zealand Jazz Awards in 2017, where the winners of the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Album and the APRA Best Jazz Composition will be announced on 11 June.

Jonathan Crayford’s East West Moon has been selected alongside Myele Manzanza’s  OnePointOne, and the Mike Nock Trio & NZ Trio’s Vicissitudes as the three albums in the running for the Tui award.

Jonathan Crayford began playing piano at three years old before moving on to study classical music and launching his life as a performer and composer.

In 1982 at just 18 years old, he began composing music for feature films, several of which received industry awards – including Best Film Score in 1990 for Ruby and Rata at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards.

And now in 2017, Recorded Music NZ recognise his efforts for East West Moon, his second album with Ben Street (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums). Jonathan’s work spans many genres and disciplines, and he regularly performs and records with artists in all corners of the world.

We wish him the best of luck.

Jonathan Crayford, Best Jazz Album, East West Moon