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New Blues

Thirteen songs (originals and covers) from Christchuch's Nigel Spiers and a host of quality musicians from Christchurch, Canada & the USA.


All Of Me (Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons)
Here is my version of the Jazzy Blues Standard "All of Me" in a Western Swing style featuring some
superb Western Swing Soloists; Piano - John Jarvis, Fiddle - Andy Leftwich and Pedal Steel - Paul Franklin.

It was written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons in 1931 and has since been recorded over 2000 times.
Some of my favourite interpretations are by Louis Armstrong; Count Basie; Ella Fitzgerald;
Dinah Washington; Sarah Vaughan; Duke Ellington, Willie Nelson and Django Reinhardt.

Vocals & arrangement: Nigel Spiers

Bass: Neil Swainson
Rhythm Guitar: Oliver Gannon
Rhythm Piano: Miles Black
Piano Soloist: John Jarvis
Pedal Steel Rhythm: Tommy Hannum
Pedal Steel Soloist: Paul Franklin
Drums: Terry Clarke
Fiddle Soloist: Andy leftwich
 
Cry To Me (Bert Berns)
My version of the classic R&B song "Cry To Me" by Bert Berns.

Bertrand Russell Berns (November 8, 1929 – December 30, 1967), also known as Bert Russell and
(occasionally) Russell Byrd, was an American songwriter and record producer of the 1960s. His
songwriting credits include "Twist and Shout", "Piece of My Heart", "Here Comes the Night",
"Hang on Sloopy", "Cry to Me" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love", and his productions
include "Baby, Please Don't Go", "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Under the Boardwalk".

He died on December 30, 1967, aged just 38 of a congenital heart condition.

Vocals: Nigel Spiers

Piano: Kevin McKendree
Drums: Wes Little
Sax: Chris West
Horns: Chris West
Sax: Tom Keenlyside
Bass: Dave Roe
Bass: Dow Tomlin
Organ: Chris Nole
Guitar: Jack Pearson
 
Sitting On Top Of The World (Walter Vinson & Lonnie Chatmon)
"Sitting on Top of the World" (also "Sittin' on Top of the World") - a
song written by Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon. They were core members of the
Mississippi Sheiks, who first recorded it in 1930.
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Vocals: Nigel Spiers

Bass: Dow Tomlin
Horn Section: Chris West
Drums: PG Artist 4
Piano: John Jarvis
Sax: Mark Douthit
 
Doctor Jazz (Jelly Roll Morton)
One of my all-time favourite songs. Written in 1926 by Jazz Pianist Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe,
known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton.
My version is in Western Swing style.

Vocals: Nigel Spiers

Drums: Craig Scott
Bass: Byron Scott
Fiddle: Andy Leftwich
Piano: John Jarvis
Guitars: Andy Reiss & Darin Favorite
 
I Hate A Man Like You (jelly Roll Morton)
Written in 1929 by Jazz Pianist Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton.

Vocals: Nigel Spiers

Drums: Craig Scott
Bass: Neil Swainson
Piano: Kevin McKendree
Trumpet: Don Clark
 
My Blue Heaven (Walter Donaldson & George A. Whiting)
Written 1n 1927 by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by George A. Whiting. Here's my version in
a Western Swing style.

Vocals: Nigel Spiers

Drums: Brian Fullen
Bass: Byron House
Guitar Rhythm: Darin Favorite
Guitar Solo: Brent Mason
Piano: Miles Black
Pedal Steel: Tommy Hannum
Pedal Steel Solo: Paul Franklin
 
Last Night (Nigel Spiers)
Here's a song I wrote about my love of Western Swing Music made famous by bands like
Bob Wills and The texas Playboys in the 1940's and 50's. More recently bands such as Commander
Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Asleep at the Wheel and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
have taken up the mantle.

Music & Lyrics: Nigel Spiers
Vocals & BV's: Nigel Spiers

Drums: Craig Scott
Piano: John Jarvis
Guitar: Brent Mason
Bass: Byron House
 
Who's That Knockin' (Nigel Spiers)
Here's a new Swing song I wrote recently featuring Horns and Vocals.

Music & Lyrics: Nigel Spiers
Vocals and BV's: Nigel Spiers

Bass: Neil Swainson
Drums: Brian Fullen
Guitar: Oliver Gannon
Piano: John Jarvis
Sax: Mark Douthit
Horns: Chris West
 
My Babe (Willie Dixon)
A blues standard written by Willie Dixon for Little Walter and released in 1955 on Checker Records,
a subsidiary of Chess Records.

Vocals: Nigel Spiers & Carmel Courtney

Bass: Neil Swainson
Drums: Terry Clarke
Guitar: Oliver Gannon
Piano: Miles Black
Sax: Carmel Courtney
 
Treat Her Right (Nigel Spiers)
A new song featuring the fabulous guitar playing of Brent Mason.

Music & Lyrics: Nigel Spiers
Vocals & BV's: Nigel Spiers

Bass: Dow Tomlin
Drums: Shannon Forrest
Guitars: Brent Mason
Piano: John Jarvis
 
How We Used To Be (Nigel Spiers)
Originally released on our 2000 Album "Old Dogs & New Tricks", this is a completely new version.

Music & Lyrics: Nigel Spiers
Vocals: Nigel Spiers

Bass: Neil Swainson
Piano: Miles Black
Drums: Pat Steward
Guitar: Oliver Gannon
Horn Section: Chris West
Alto Sax: Mark Douthit
 
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (Eddie DeLange and Louis Alter)
Written by Eddie DeLange & Louis Alter, and first heard in the movie "New Orleans" in 1947.

Vocals: Nigel Spiers

Tuba: Brad Muirhead
Drums: Joe Poole
Guitar: Oliver Gannon
Trumpet: Al Matheson
Banjo: Ron Thompson
Clarinet: P.J. Perry
 
Your Lover Boy (Nigel Spiers)
A new Jazzy Blues featuring the Guitar of Oliver Gannon.

Music & Lyrics: Nigel Spiers
Vocals: Nigel Spiers

Piano: Miles Black
Bass: Neil Swainson
Drums: Craig Scott
Rhythm Guitar: Oliver Gannon
Guitar Soloist: Oliver Gannon
 

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Photography

New Zealand Panorama Collection including iconic images of Mount Cook & Lake Pukaki, Lake Wanaka, Auckland Harbour & City, Lyttleton Harbour & Port Hills & Kaiteriteri Beach.

View & Download High Quality Panoramic Photos of New Zealand

Postcards From Abroad

Postcards from the travels of Nigel Spiers including New York, Rome, Paris, London, Ho Chi Minh City, New Orleans, Los Angeles and eighteen other destinations and visits.