Toe-tapping voice & piano boogie, jazz and blues on Sunday October 28th, 1pm-3pm. Tickets are $15.
Jan Preston, "Queen of Boogie Woogie Piano" and Kiwi expat, is recognised as one of Australia's leading female blues/jazz artists. Jan's ability lies not only in her exceptional talent as a piano player, singer and songwriter, but also as anentertainer, and hermastery of Boogie Woogiepianoleaves audiences in raptures.
Jan was born in the South Island of NZ, studied classical piano and singing from an early age, and always loved performing live.
After completing a music degree, she joined the infamous Red Mole Theatre troupe in Wellington, toured NZ with Split Enz, and was musical director for the legendary and enormously popular Red Mole Cabaret shows in Wellington.
At this time she was asked by Sam Neil (then a film director) to write music for a documentary he was making, and Jan has been composing for films ever since.
In the late 1970's she moved briefly to New York where she heard many of the great rhythm & blues piano players. She returned to NZ and formed the rock/reggae band "Coup D'Etat", who's song "Doctor I Like Your Medicine" was a No 1 hit, and then moved on to Sydney where she has lived since 1980.
Jan is a fulltime composer, songwriter, and piano player.
She has played many music festivals in Australia, NZ and Europe, composed and performed music for silent films, and continues to write film scores for NZ and Australian drama and documentary. Jan has won three awards for Best Film Score, and two for Best Australian Female Blues Artist.
To complete the Duo, she is accompanied by her husband Mike Pullman, whose drumming complements her superbly. This very popular Duo has performed on many occasions on the South Coast, always to a packed house.