The show I’m performing is called 88 Pianos I have known with extraordinary images of pianos (yes 88 of them) and personal anecdotes, as well as new songs (Same Sky, Olds on the Loose) and a new killer version of a tune called Nutrocker, based on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite played in fast boogie style. I’ve been practising this a lot and my left hand is threatening to seize... well hopefully not until the end of the tour.
Come see Jan and her trio perform in New Plymouth with doors opening at 2pm.
Yours in boogie,
My latest CD Play It Again Jan contains 13 tracks, mostly original, ranging from boogiewoogie piano (Gold Coast Boogie, Blues and the Boogie, Pumpin Paul), poignant songs, (The Sun Shines, Your Own Life) as well as humour (Queen of Cash, Scared of the Dark).
I’m thrilled with this CD, it’s definitely my best!
"One woman, a piano and a whole lot of talent." - 3 Weeks Edinburgh
"From boogie woogie to ragtime the air pulsates with the magical rhythms she produces….a forceful presence and a huge performance energy." = ChCh Star NZ
"One of the best pianists of our time, Preston masters the piano like a maestro juggling the keys. Her voice is suave and sensual, with finesse and sensibility." - Crossroads France
"Australia’s finest female blues talent." - Drum Media Sydney
"This New Zealander is a discovery for friends of excellent boogie based music." - Blues News Germany
"Jan Preston is a crusader of the keys…she carries the torch for the piano culture." - Melbourne Age
"She sings with a delivery which speaks of empowerment and hope... she’s got the blues in her heart, mardi gras in her fingers, and a Trans-Tasman attitude in her songs." - Rhythms Magazine Australia
"At the piano she is queen." - ChCh Press NZ
"Technically strong, full of character, dripping with life." - American Blues Review
Ps of course Jan was part of Coup D’etat and Red Mole back in the day.