Dec 24 2009

The Music of Bond

Tim just completed editing his DVD “The Music is Bond… James Bond” from our recent concert in Auckland and it’s looking (thanks Vaughan and Miri) and sounding (cheers Pete) FANTASTIC.

You can check it out by clicking on the following youtube link for a small selection of the performances from Tina Cross, Taisha, Caitlin Smith, Melissa Nordhaus and the Neophonic Orchestra.

Dec 24 2009

Seasons greetings everybody!

I hope you all have 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!

I shall embed some of these into my website but if you wish to get a peek at all of them then there they are.

Enjoy there seasonal break, I know I will.

Many thanks for your kind support,


Nov 28 2009

New Ironic Trio EP available

This Ironic Trio CD is now available to purchase for the bargain price of $12 (NZ) plus p&p and can be ordered by clicking here.  It is called ‘In Colour’ and features Mark Baynes (piano), Tom Dennison (bass) and Jason Orme (drumset).

The new Ironic Trio EP 'In Colour'

Sep 16 2009

Day is Done Leadsheet

I have prepared this as part of my postgraduate study, my only request is that if you use it then please drop me an email to let me know. Thanks and enjoy!!

Day is Done Leadsheet

Sep 8 2009

New Swing Tracks Uploaded

Hi everyone,

I have finally got around to uploading a couple of recently recorded trio tracks with Jason Orme and Tom Dennison, a 10 minute version of Autumn Leaves and Dolphin Dance recorded by Mainz at the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust concert last month.

You can listen to them on the Listen page of this website.

I hope you Enjoy!


Feb 3 2009

Keyboard List

People sometimes ask me what keyboards I use to teach and gig with, so I thought I would just post a list so here you go:

Nord Stage 88 – The ultimate gigging keyboard for those whose enjoy the more “retro” sound. The stage provides you with an abundance of classy Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clav, Piano and Hammond sounds. I generally perform with this keyboard.

Yamaha CP70 – An electric Grand Piano made in the 70s before digital reproductions became commonplace. This instrument is very heavy for a portable gigging machine hence the reason I only use it at home. This instrument is a collectors item as its almost impossible to find 2nd hand Electric Grand Pianos these days.

Fender Rhodes – Suitcase model. This ‘almost mint condition’ Rhodes spent much of its time at Revolver Studios in Auckland before moving to my home. This is probably one of the best examples I have ever seen, and it stays at home to keep it that way.

Hohner Clavinet D6 – This needs a little work, I’m planning to replace the strings and upgrade the preamp so that it’s quieter, a work in progress. However this is a very rare keyboard made famous by Stevie Wonder who used it to help create his staple sound.

Juno 106 – Mine is in mint condition and is useful for analogue pad sounds and the occasional lead. One of the last analogue keyboards ever made.

1990 Hubbard after Moermans 1584, Single Manual Harpsichord – A great sounding Harpsichord, designed to be portable and used as a ‘gigging’ instrument. I don’t have too many gigs that require it but you never know!

Haake Upright Piano – An 88 note fully weighted practice / teaching piano.  Built in the 90’s and well maintained / tuned twice a year.

Jan 21 2009

About Georgia Funk

Georgia Funk – An exciting and dynamic groove quartet! Georgia Funk is a retro-based funk, soul and old school RnB outfit playing songs by Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and more!

An evening with Georgia Funk will get you dancing and grooving your socks off! But that’s not all, Georgia Wood’s powerhouse vocals cut through the air leaving listeners with no doubt to her vocal prowess.

Jazz pianist Mark Baynes and 6-string bassist Alex Griffith also carve up exciting and tasteful improvisation, the end result is uplifting as these classic songs take on a new lease of life. The Lineup includes (but is not limited to) Georgia Wood (Vox), Mark Baynes (Keys), Alex Griffith (Bass) and Lance Bentley (Drums). Currently residing at the Grand Central Bar (126 Ponsonby Road) every Friday 10pm till late.

Jan 14 2009

Press Information

I am a reading and improvising professional Pianist / Keyboard Player, and have over 10 years of international experience playing for blue chip clients such as the Hilton Chain, Seabourn Luxury Yachts, the ‘All Blacks’ Rugby Team, Hayley Westrena, and the BBC. I regularly play with of some Aucklands leading jazz outfits and have enjoyed working with quality acts such as Battucada Sound Machine, King Kapisi, Don McGlashan, Anika Moa, Annie Crummer, and Tama Waipara.  I have been broadcast on Homegrown on C4, Juice and Alt TV.  I have taught piano and jazz for 5 years for institutions such as the New Zealand School of Music, ABRSM, Corelli School of the Arts, and privately, from my home.