Sep 28 2013

Mark Baynes Sextet, performing Tuesday 1st October 7.30pm

I am happy to be performing with my group this coming Tuesday and I would love your support if you can spare the time!  I will be performing with a sextet featuring Mike Booth, Stephen Morton-Jones, Dixon Nacey and my piano trio. Repertoire will consist of original material and standard tunes inspired by my study of Brad Mehldau.

Venue: – Auckland Jazz and Blues Club, Point Chev. RSA
Time: – 7.30pm

Hope to see you there this Tuesday!

Thanks Mark
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Sep 30 2011

Queens Wharf – Music on the Main Stage: King Kapisi, Saturday 8th October 4.30pm – Quarter Final

New Zealand roots and reggae and hip hop artists Tahuna Breaks, Cornerstone Roots and King Kapisi will perform live on the Main Stage at Auckland’s Queens Wharf ahead of the the big match of the day.

Music on the Main Stage features some great Kiwi music leading into the big matches of the day on Auckland’s Queens Wharf.  Make Auckland’s Queens Wharf the centre of your plans for Rugby World Cup 2011. It’s New Zealand’s largest official Fanzone, right on the city’s waterfront, and will screen all 48 matches live on big screens. The Cloud at Queens Wharf will showcase the best of New Zealand business and industry ingenuity with a series of engaging events. RWC 2011 Fanzone – Shed 10 is the heart and soul of the Fanzone, with the focus on Rugby but plenty of entertainment, food, drink and festival activity.

Queens Wharf - Music on the Main Stage

Sep 30 2011

Stay and Play Gold Practical Pre-School Award 2011

Stay and Play Gold

I am happy to announce that this album won a gold award this year!  I was musical director, co-producer and keyboard player when we recorded it June 2010.  Wendy and Janet and the Kids Music Company are a true force to be reckoned with when it comes to musical education for children.  Thanks guys!


The Practical Pre-School Awards exist to identify and reward excellence in the fields of educational equipment, childcare and books and toys, suitable for early years and key stage 1 children, for use in professional childcare and educational settings.

These settings include private and state nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, childminders, after-school clubs, reception classes and infant schools.

According to psychologist Dr Amanda Gummer, of FUNdamentals: ‘A child’s early years are a rapid period of change; the child is developing quickly and needs access to different things at different times. ‘Children themselves, therefore, are crucial to the stringent testing process. As well as a scrupulous panel of practitioners, their input was key in testing every one of the products. And the testing has been tough, as it should be. Each product entered was tested in at least two separate settings by children and their carers.

Each setting has marked and provided a detailed evaluation of the performance of the product, against set criteria. This included key elements, such as appeal to children at both the start and end of the trial, durability, adaptability, educational value, play value, value for money, and many others. An impressive score of 90 per cent or more was needed for products to attain the much-coveted Gold Award, 80 to 89 per cent was required for silver, and 70 to 79 per cent for bronze.

Stay and Play Gold

Jan 24 2011

Sunday Star Times Review, 23rd January 2011

Sunday Star Times Review, 23rd January 2011

I thought I would post this review as it’s the first review I have ever had, and it’s quite complimentary! Thanks Sunday Star Times, Auckland.

“Kiwi Mark Baynes is one of the most exciting jazz pianists to come along since Mike Nock. His soulful side, featuring a cast including tragically under-exposed vocalist Georgia Wood, is funky without getting stuck in a groove. For jazz fans his new Ironic Trio album In Song is also essential listening.”

Jan 19 2011

Standard Funk Ensemble – Happenstance

Standard Funk Ensemble - Happenstance

‘Happenstance’ by the Standard Funk Ensemble could be called a love letter or salutation to some of the great soul and funk artists of the recent past. A collaboration by friends and musical colleagues Georgia Wood, Mark Baynes and award-winning producer Chris Nielson (The Mint Chicks) they have gathered some  of Auckland’s finest musicians (including guest spots by Ruban and Kody Nielson and Dixon Nacey on Guitar) to produce an album of unique, sometimes unexpected renditions of classic soul, funk and jazz tunes. With lyrical interpretation by fine jazz, cabaret and soul vocalist Georgia Wood, and with exquisite arrangements by Mark and Chris, classics such as Al Greens ‘Let’s Stay Together ‘ , Prince ‘s ‘Purple Rain’ and Stings ‘Englishman in New York ‘ are given a fresh twist and beautifully rendered  in a homage to great, ever fantastic songs.

Sep 12 2010

“In Song” – New Ironic Trio Album

We have been recording our new album to be entitled “In Song” featuring the mighty talents of Aaron Coddel (bass) and Jason Orme (drums).  Its been a long weekend and have 4 more tracks to complete but most of the work was recorded on Saturday.  The final version is being mixed next week by Steve Garden and I will keep you posted when it is available to purchase / sample!  This project consists entirely of my compositions with styles ranging from swing, funk latin and drum n bass.

Thanks, Mark

Sep 1 2010

Plays at the Samoa 2010 Jazz and Blues Festival

I am now playing with Black Sand Diva at the Samoa 2010 Jazz and Blues festival. This should be great fun, the band is fantastic and includes Jason Orme (Drums) and Ben Turua (Bass). The details of this event are listed here, thanks Mark

Samoa Jazz and Blues Festival 2010

Samoa bout to party!
The beautiful island nation of Samoa will be the backdrop to world class jazz, blues and soul music over 3 days in November in a range of venues across Upolu Island at the Samoa 2010 International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Held over three days from 12-14 November, the festival is guaranteed to provide the perfect ‘chilled out’ holiday vibe, with a line-up that includes leading jazz and blues musicians from New Zealand, Australia, England and the United States – not to mention talented local bands and entertainers.

Among the international artists included are renowned musicians Ian Moss, Billy TK Jnr (Kiwi guitar hero), Hammond Gamble, Tony Painting (UK blues guitarist), Phil Broadhurst (internationally acclaimed jazz pianist), LA crooner, Diana Harris and a total of 20 bands!

The Minister of Samoa Tourism Hon, Misa Telefoni comments, ‘This event is a first for Samoa and we are proud to welcome world class musicians and guests to our island paradise for the festival.’

Festival Director Billy Te Kahika adds, ‘Samoa is the perfect place to hold a festival like this. I’m excited about the musicians coming and the beautiful destination that will host our festival guests – it’s an amazing project!’

All festival venues will be featuring jazz and blues acts concurrently.

Samoa’s stunning tropical scenery makes a wonderful backdrop for the festival – both Upolu and Savai’i are fringed by magnificent coral reefs and lagoons. There are also some great activities to keep you entertained, so when you’re not busy taking in the sights and sounds of the festival, you can enjoy the snorkelling at Apia’s Palolo Deep National Marine Reserve, have some fun at the Papase’ea Sliding Rocks, or check out the island’s fantastic diving and fishing.

Better yet, come over early and you can spend a few days exploring Upolu, and enjoying all it has to offer! So make sure you book yourself some ‘free’ time to come and enjoy ‘Music for the Soul in the Heart of Paradise’.

Aug 18 2010

Playing with Orquesta Amadeus @ the Paeroa Jazz Festival 21st August 2010

Orquesta Amadeus is the country’s only authentic orquesta tipica cubana, or Cuban charanga band. The charanga movement gave birth to the classic Cuban rhythms and dances, the mambo and the cha cha cha, the origins of what we now call “salsa”. The musical roots stretch back as far as Africa, France and Spain, referencing both the classical and folk traditions. Orquesta Amadeus interprets the passionate melodies and rhythms of this genre and the skilled interweaving of tradition and improvisation means that the music is fresh, exciting and new, while authentically expressing the 1940’s and 50’s Havana style. Orquestra Amadeus received a standing ovation at the Tauranga Jazz Festival for their Performance.

Orquesta Amadeus'

Mar 25 2010

Mango Tango CD released!

I am pleased to announce the release of a Kids Music Company (Janet Channon and Wendy Jensen) album entitled  Mango Tango.  I was contracted as  Musical Director / Arranger for this project, but also ended up joint Co-Producer with Bruce Lynch. The musicians were (amongst others) Alex Griffith, Dixon Nacey, Lance Bentley, Ambrose Splescia, Jo Spiers and Oliver Emmitt, what a great band!! King Kapisi and Teremoana Rapley were guest vocalists on four tracks.

New Mango Tango CD'

This album is aimed at children between the ages of 3-8 and is one of three yearly projects that  will involve a collaboration between the Kids Music Company and myself.  For more information about buying this album and child musical education in general please visit and

Join the mango, watermelon and their juicy friends for some healthy fun; guaranteed to get you moving.  Rap with King Kapisi as you try to co-ordinate a one-sided dance.  Play shadows, drive a digger, dance with the dinosaurs and cook a healthy breakfast for a giant.  Bulldozers, birthdays, bubbles, balls, bananas and baked beans blend with hoedown, rock, reggae, swing, tango, hip-hop and electronica. The huge variety of musical styles keeps children and adults (alike) entertained. Learning is made more fun.

Jan 4 2010

New Video Content

I hope you all had a great holiday,  I have uploaded 7 new video tracks recorded this year that can be found on Songs included Standards, Brad Mehldau and even some Bob Dylan!

The Watch page of my website now has new video content so have a look if you like!

Cheers Mark