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JAN PRESTON DUO

On Thursday 25th October, at Club Sapphire, the Down South Jazz Club is delighted to present "Queen Of Boogie" Jan Preston Duo.

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 an entertainer, and her mastery of Boogie Woogie piano leaves audiences in raptures.

Her show includes a superb rendition of Winifred Atwells Black and White Rag, along with some quick finger playing covers of Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Albert Ammons. Many other of the Jan Preston's earliest musical memories are of singalongs at the piano with one aunt playing boogie/stride piano and another on violin. All the Prestons sang and played some instrument, even if it was only eggbeater or tea chest bass. 

Jan was born in the South Island of NZ, studied classical piano and singing from an early age, and always loved performing live. 

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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.

Tonight, 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 at Merimbula Jazz Festival,  always to a packed house.

Cost is $15 for jazz club members and $20 for visitors with music commencing at 7.30 pm.  Bookings can be made with Aileen/Kevin Walsh (64959853), at  bookings@downsouthjazzclub.org.au , or will be available on the night at the door. The Club Sapphire bistro opens at 6.00 pm with its extensive menu if you would like a meal before the show.