Spanner will be performing a residency at Golden Dawn, Auckland, NZ every Wednesday in May -
featuring special guests Neil Watson, Lucien Johnson, Julia Deans, Jeff Henderson and more...
Spanner is Jonathan Crayford on electric bass and Ross Burge on drums - a rhythm section that has mutinied from the band. The pair form a dynamically interactive punk jazz grungy hard belting-it-out free-form indie type vibe music engine.
Jonathan Crayford more often heard on the piano is one of NZ’s most inventive musicians. In New York/Europe, he has worked with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Groove Collective, David Murray, Mambo Macoco, Macy Gray, Amp Fiddler, Tony Allen and many others.
In NZ you may have heard him perform with Trinity Roots, Cornerstone Roots, Olmecha Supreme or one or more of his own groups. His recent release on Rattle titled ‘East West Moon’ featuring Ben Street and Dan Weiss won great critical acclaim and is a finalist for the Tui Best Jazz album of the year.
Ross Burge - a stalwart backbone of music since the 80’s has worked with Sharon O'Neill, Jon Stevens, The Scouts, Two Armed Men, The Spines, Sneaky Feelings, The Happ'ng Thang (Australia), The Mutton Birds, Bic Runga, Rick Bryant, Windy City Strugglers, Tim Finn, The Finn Brothers, Dave Dobbyn and Anika Moa.
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