Talented Christchurch-born jazz pianist Doug Caldwell will be gracing the stage of the Harbour Street Jazz Festival being held in Oamaru on Otago Anniversary Weekend in March.
Heralded as one of New Zealand’s foremost Jazz musicians, Caldwell, who is also a composer, musical director, arranger and experienced in recording, began his career at the Winter Garden Cabaret before becoming co-
founder of a Bedford Row Club called “The Jazz Inn”.
He studied Arranger and Composition at Michigan State University USA in 1956 and on returning became musical director at The Malando Restaurant for 12 years.
He was also musical director for Radio New Zealand and Television New Zealand for many years.
Caldwell taught at the Christchurch Polytechnic Jazz School for 14 years and retired as Lecturer Emeritus in 2005.
The auditorium at the Jazz School is named after him.Known by some as “The Maestro” Caldwell has performed with top Jazz musicians including Henry Mancini, Ronnie Scott, Nat Adderley, Scott Hamilton, Buddy Tait, Holly Hoffman, Don Rader and Mavis Rivers.