Jan Preston

Jan Preston was born in Greymouth on the west coast of the South Island of NZ and grew up in Napier, a small town in the North Island. From a very early age Jan was inspired by the richness of the musical heritage in her family. Her Aunty Mag Preston was a skilled silent movie and barrel house piano player, and there were several generations of Preston entertainers.Playing and singing around the piano at many family gatherings janpropelled Jan at the early age of 5 on her journey of passion for piano music. This led to a classical piano education, culminating in NZ with a no1 hit "Doctor I Like Your Medicine" with her pop band, Coup D’Etat. Jan arrived in Sydney in 1981 to further her musical career and this has lead to her winning three Best Female Blues Artist awards and releasing four CDs through Blackmarket Music which have had extensive airplay in Australia, NZ and Europe. [For audio bites and more info on Jan’s CDs click here]. Now widely recognised as the Queen of Boogie Woogie, Jan won the 2003 Blues Performer of the Year, therefore representing the Sydney Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee in January 2004. Jan Preston also writes music for films and is currently composing for the 4th Dynasties series janpreson ABC TV. She has won three awards for her soundtracks. [For more on filmscores click here]. In the late 70’s she lived in New York and heard the great New Orleans piano player, Professor Longhair, just before his death. He had a profound influence on her and, in later years, so also has Katie Webster, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Winifred Atwell, and boogie woogie greats such as Albert Ammons and Julia Lee. Jan has a reputation as a dynamic live performer and has had a wonderful reception at many Australian and NZ music festivals and in 2001 she had a very successful season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival