Allana Goldsmith is a rare gem, the kind of artist one hears for the first time and is immediately captivated.
“In many ways she is reminiscent of the great singers of the past. What is not redolent of past singers, however, is her preparedness to tackle adventurous modern projects.” – Gig review, the Creative Jazz Club (2013).
Allana has appeared at many of the major festivals around the country, including the Tauranga National Jazz Festival in 2014, Queenstown Jazz Festival in 2015, and Wellington and Auckland Matariki Festivals in 2014-2016.
At the age of 19 Allana was taken under the wing of some of the great jazz musicians of New Zealand. This is learning the old school way, not from a book or sitting in a classroom, but with mentors, handing down their wisdom and experience over a long period of time. Allana has been privileged to work with some of Aotearoa’s finest jazz musicians. Allana says, “These gentlemen were highly instrumental in furthering my jazz education.”
Although Allana has been singing Jazz for 8yrs, she completed her music degree in 2016 with excellent marks, and she is feeling confident about her future in music. She has a number of projects on the go!
The Allana Goldsmith Group loves to play songs sung by those she calls “The Goddesses”, the classics of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.
“This style of jazz is my favourite, for the joy of singing your heart out! I relish studying the phrasing of these great storytellers. They were not merely singers but fantastic musicians in their own right.”
As requested at many of her performances, Allana will always be sure to include songs sung in Te Reo Maaori. Her iwi are Ngaati Porou and Ngai Tai.