Kim Paterson Profile

Graham Reid
24 Jun 2019

In 2012, when the album The Duende by multi-instrumentalist Kim Paterson was released, he was widely acknowledged as one of the senior statesmen in New Zealand jazz. Yet his catalogue of solo albums was alarmingly small, especially given he had been a mainstay of many acclaimed bands and excellent recordings by others for over four decades.

In fact, The Duende was only his second album as leader, the other being his debut Impending Journey in 1997 on the short-lived TAP Records (run by Mark de Clive-Lowe and Andrew Dubber).

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Mike Nock and Kim Paterson
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Kim Paterson on flugel horn.
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Kim Paterson with Denis Hepi and Walter Bianco between sets at a bar in St Heliers, Auckland, early 2000s.
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Kim Paterson.
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Kim Paterson with Brian Smith at left.
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Kim Paterson on drums.
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Kim Paterson on drums, 1971: "I was in Manila, Philippines playing trumpet in an 11-piece soul band entertaining American troops on R&R from Vietnam. This was me jamming on drums with a soul band after hours. I'd been drinking and the drums gradually disintegrated."
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Alan Broadbent’s farewell concert at Embers Nightclub, Auckland, 1965. Kim Paterson on trumpet, Tony Baker (alto saxophone), Bernie Allen (tenor saxophone), Frank Gibson (drums), Alan Broadbent (piano), Denny Boreham (bass). All music composed by Alan Broadbent.
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Third Singapore International Jazz Festival 1984 programme.
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Bernie McGann and Kim Paterson, Wayside Chapel, Sydney, 1966.
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Kim Paterson.
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Corporate gig during the 1990s with Bernie Allen on alto saxophone, Kim Paterson on trumpet, an unidentified saxophonist, Barry Young on drums, Alan Quennell on guitar. Pianist is thought to be Phil Broadhurst.
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The jazz community rallies around to help Kim Paterson get tuition in the USA.
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A young Kim Paterson playing his first cornet in 1955: "Aged 14 with my James Dean haircut and my uncle's jacket."
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Space Case.
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As part of the Bernie McGann Quartet, Kim Paterson was among the first players to perform at Sydney opera House.
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Kim Paterson.
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Kim Paterson on drums at Your Father's Moustache, Auckland, with Andy Brown (bass), Bart Stokes (saxophone), Chuck Morgan (guitar).
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Kim Paterson (centre back) on trumpet, Thredbo Alpine Resort, NSW.
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Kim Paterson on drums.
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Kim Paterson.
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Kim Paterson and Mark de Clive-Lowe.
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Kim Paterson, aged 18-19, photographed around 1958-59 at saxophonist Brian Smith's flat.
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Kim Paterson at right with daughter Mareea Paterson on bass.
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Space Case reviewed in the Singapore Monitor, 1984.
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Dr Tree members profiled: Frank Gibson Jr, Bob Jackson, Murray McNabb, John Banks, Kim Paterson, Martin Winch.
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Australian saxophonist Bernie McGann with New Zealanders Kim Paterson and Andy Brown in previously unreleased recordings from 1966. Issued on double vinyl in November 2014.
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Kim Paterson.
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Kim Paterson on trumpet, back row second from left. Paterson was on a six-month contract at Thredbo Alpine Hotel in NSW, Australia, playing drums in a jazz quartet and trumpet in an eight-piece soul band. "Also skiing six hours a day!"
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An image taken for the cover of Frank Gibson's Jazzmobile, a group that made one album for Kiwi in 1987. The lineup was Frank plus Phil Broadhurst (piano), Brian Smith (saxophone), David Woodbridge (trombone), David Colven (saxophone), Andy Brown (bass) and Kim Paterson (flugelhorn and trumpet).
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Kim Paterson on drums in a disco band at Cleopatras, late 1980s. Beaver was the vocalist.
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Kim Paterson.
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Gianmarco Liguori's 2007 solo album Stolen Paintings featured a stellar line-up of supporting musicians including Kim Paterson and Murray McNabb, and received reviews to match.
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Kim Paterson and Kevin Haines at the London Bar, Auckland.
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Kim Paterson (flugelhorn, percussion), Kevin Field (Rhodes), Lewis McCallum (tenor & soprano saxophone), Cameron McArthur (bass), Stephen Thomas (drums) @ Backbeat Bar for the CJC Creative Jazz Club, Auckland, April 04, 2018.
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The Claude Papesch soul band, which included Papesch (piano, vocals), Kim Paterson (trumpet), Stu Parsons (baritone saxophone), Bernie McGann (alto saxophone), Tony Hopkins (drums), Andy Brown (bass), with Joy Yates on lead vocals. Kim Paterson: "We covered Ray Charles music plus some originals ... we also did a quintet with rhythm section and Bernie and I out front. We did Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley and some originals."
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Kim Paterson, second from left after playing drums for American trumpeter Bobby Shew at Mainstreet Cabaret. Bassist Andy Brown is at left and Murray McNab (not pictured) was on piano. Also pictured, Ray Edmondson (second from right). Edmondson had jammed with Clifford Brown in the US and was present at the famous 1953 Massey Hall concert of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Edmondson was later known as the masked jazz-hip hop performer "Killer Ray" and performed at Auckland's Big Day Out and Squid bar.
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Kim Paterson on trumpet, Wayside Chapel, Sydney, 1966. A weekly gig with the Bernie McGann quartet, which included Andy Brown on bass and John Pochee on drums. The music was a selection of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman tunes, and McGann originals.
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New Zealand jazz funk fusion band Space Case, active in the early 1980s. Clockwise from top left: Kim Paterson, Brian Smith, Murray McNabb, Andy Brown, Frank Gibson Jr.
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Kim Paterson in the Red Bull studio.
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Kim Paterson onstage at Your Father's Moustache, Auckland, with Space Case: Frank Gibson Jr (drums), Bruce Lynch (bass), Murray McNabb (keyboards).
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Dr Tree press kit. Members were Frank Gibson Jr on drums, Bob Jackson (bass), Murray McNabb (keyboards), John Banks (percussion), Kim Paterson (trumpet), Martin Winch (guitar).
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Kim Paterson's The Duende, released May 2012 on Sarang Bang.
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Gianmarco Liguori with Kim Paterson and Murray McNabb - Ancient Flight Text (2009, Sarang Bang)
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Kim Paterson Quintet - 57th National Jazz Festival, Tauranga 2019.
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Kim Paterson on valve trombone.
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Duga 3: Gianmarco Liguori with Murray McNabb and Kim Paterson. Released in February 2012 on 12-inch vinyl.
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Jimmie Sloggett performing at Western Springs in Superpop 70. Kim Paterson can be seen in the far distance over his shoulder.
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Kim Paterson at home in Hong Kong while on contract to the Hong Kong Hilton, around 1972-73.
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Space Case, from left: Andy Brown, Frank Gibson Jr, Brian Smith, Kim Paterson, Murray McNabb.
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