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Charmaine Ford

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Born: March 22, 1980    Primary Instrument: Piano

With a career still in its infancy, New Zealand-born piano virtuoso and composer Charmaine Ford has accomplished more than most musicians do in a lifetime.

Ford has blazed a trail of awards confirming she is indeed one of New Zealand’s most distinguished jazz musicians. She has released two self-penned albums, which showcase her extraordinary talent. Her sophomore release, ‘Busy Silence’, was awarded ‘Best Jazz Album 2007’ at the New Zealand Music Awards. Ford is the first female instrumentalist to receive this accolade. Her debut album ‘Blues for Guppy’ was also a finalist in the same category in 2004...
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Awards:

‘Busy Silence’ = Winner ‘Best Jazz Album 2007’ at the New Zealand Music Awards.

‘Blues for Guppy’ = Finalist ‘Best Jazz Album 2004’ at the New Zealand Music Awards.
”Nothing could have prepared me for this young pianist's spell-binding virtuosity”
Bay Of Plenty Times, NZ

”Ford pens material which is immediately appealing”
The New Zealand Herald, NZ

”Charmaine Ford is one of New Zealand's most distinguished contemporary jazz pianists”
APRA

”One of New Zealand's true piano masters”
Wellington International Jazz Festival, NZ

”Charmaine Ford has established herself as one of New Zealand's most innovative and fearless voices in jazz”
Tauranga International Jazz Festival, NZ

”Charmaine Ford has sealed her reputation as one of New Zealand's leading jazz pianists”
Christchurch International Jazz Festival, NZ

”Charmaine Ford has a maturity of jazz expression that belies such youth. This is her debut album and it's a classic”
NZ Musician Magazine, NZ

”A rising star of New Zealand jazz piano”
Dominion Post, NZ

As a Leader

Blues For Guppy
Record Label: Ford Motion Records
Year Released: 2003
Tracks: Truly Yours; Blues For Guppy; Itchy Thought; No Reason; Just In Case; Chicken Charmaine; Last Friday; Lullaby For Dillon; In Your Eyes.
Personnel: Charmaine Ford: piano, Tom Callwood: bass, Mark Nelson; drums.

Busy Silence
Record Label: Ford Motion Records
Year Released: 2006
Tracks: On My Way; Intro (Maybe This Time); Maybe This Time; Joshua Sleeps; Pins And Needles; Lyall Bay; Midnight Char-donnay; Everytime; Changes; I'll Never Forget You; Farewell Blues.
Personnel: Charmaine Ford: piano, Tom Callwood: bass, Reuben Bradley; drums.

As a Co-Leader

Live At Sandwiches
Artist Name: Ford/Tipping/Wise Trio
Record Label: Ford Motion Records
Year Released: 2007
Tracks: Blues For Guppy; It Could Happen To You; Nature Boy; Nick's Blues; Bye Bye Blackbird; Joshua Sleeps; Maybe This Time; Farewell Blues.
Personnel: Charmaine Ford: piano, Nick Tipping: bass, Richard Wise; drums.


After The Last Dance
Artist Name: Ford/Tipping/Wise Trio
Record Label: Ford Motion Records
Year Released: 2008
Tracks: Eleven O'Clock; Itchy Thought; As Requested; The Wise Guy; Tonopah; Folieta; Midnight Chardonnay; Likewise; After The Last Dance.
Personnel: Charmaine Ford: piano, Nick Tipping: bass, Richard Wise; drums.

For more album info visit: www.charmaineford.com/listen

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Bachelor Of Music (Jazz)
Dip.ABRSM (London)

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