Friday, 16 October 2015

This vibrant chicken feather korowai was made by Pamela Wood for jazz musician Nick Nicholson (Ngai Tahu, Ngati Kahununga).

2017.50.2 Cloak

Chicken feather korowai (cloak) 2017.50.2

Nick Nicholson (1927 – 2001) was an accomplished musician best known for adding a Maori flavour to the Tijuana sound. Blaring trumpets and swinging beats jazzed up Maori standards like ‘Haere Mai’ and ‘Po Atarau’. Popular on the radio and at cabarets, Nick Nicholson and the Neketini Brass injected some excitement into the late 1960s Christchurch music scene.

The son of two musically gifted parents, Rangi Nicholson (Ngai Tahu) and Agnes Sciascia (Ngati Kahununga), Nick learned to play by ear as a child. It was not until he joined the Air Force Brass Band following the Second World War that he finally learned to read music.

In 1967 he founded the Musicians Club (Christchurch), a social and welfare organisation for local musicians and their families. He served as president until 1975.