After relocating to Maungaraki, one of Scotland's most well known jazz performers says the jazz scene here is "like the wild west", but that could change if it gets support.
Contemporary jazz composer and drummer John Rae shifted to New Zealand five years ago "for the love of a good woman", but out of frustration has taken on the mission to help build a vibrant celebrated jazz scene here.
"We're trying to push that there are some fantastic musicians here in New Zealand, but what's missing is there's no infrastructure here for jazz musicians," he said.
"In Scotland there's a whole jazz federation and a recording scheme, and a clear career path, but here in New Zealand there's nothing unless you're playing pop music or classical music - unless you're in a university, but then when you're finished it's off to the fish and chip shop to get a job."
In the next few weeks he and several other musicians plan to meet Creative New Zealand, politicians, and media, to pitch their cause.
By comparison, classical musicians here are well funded, but jazz musicians have access to very little support, he said.
"Had they humped $19 million into the jazz scene here you can guarantee they'd have one of the most prolific scenes anywhere."
"We want to ask them why doesn't jazz get an equal share of the funding?"
After a career playing alongside some of the world's best jazz musicians it's unsurprising that after migrating down under Rae would form one of the Pacific's most esteemed contemporary jazz bands.
Regulars in Wellington, his band The Troubles are venturing out into Hutt City for the Dowse's Late Lounge this Thursday.
With Rae on drums, composing and band-leading duties, The Troubles unite nine Wellington-based jazz musicians, including fellow Maungaraki resident Andrew Filmer on viola.
Unusually for a jazz band, the group boast three saxophones and three to four string players, depending on the night and the song.
"It's contemporary, that's for sure. It's eclectic. With our slightly unusual lineup it's something not often heard in jazz," Rae said of their sound.
"It's good fun, and a mixture of serious music and not so serious music and music with a smile on it."
All galleries and the Dowse cafe stay open till 9pm for Late Lounge evenings, making for a rich night out on the town without leaving Hutt City.
"We want these people to come down to the Dowse because they really will have a good time," Rae said.
- Hutt News