About

The Goldsmith Baynes project is a celebration between two musical souls. Allana and Mark have performed together for over 10 years and their musical bond comes from freedom, a shared trust, and mutual respect. Allana and Mark’s new album E Rere Rā is available on all streaming platforms and also to buy on Bandcamp.

Allana and Mark have performed at the Aotearoa Music Awards 2021, Wellington Jazz Festival 2022, Waiheke Jazz Festival, Tauranga International Jazz Festival, Matariki Festivals across Auckland, Taste of Pasifika Festival, and have been programmed for the 2023 Auckland Arts Festival.

Allana Goldsmith

Allana Goldsmith is a Māori contemporary jazz artist who hails from the Tairawhiti region, East Coast of the North Island of Aotearoa/NZ. Her iwi (tribes) are Ngati Porou and Ngai Tai ki Torere. Allana has featured at many of the major festivals around the country, including most recently at Tauranga National Jazz Festival where she sold out her Tribute show to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. She also featured in Waiheke International Festival and Queenstown Jazz Festival. Allana released an EP of five original waiata in Te Reo Māori from 2015 to 2018. Three of which were funded by Te Māngai Pāho.

Allana’s song writing and influences are wide and includes everything from folk and country, to funky soulful tunes. Her journey in song writing and also with Te Reo is laid out for all to see.

“Not only the musicianship does she portray, but the joy that comes from within Allana is a rare quality today from entertainers.” This very talented girl is a true jazz vocalist! Singing it all, from stylised ‘vocalese’ solos, like that of Wynton Kelly’s ‘Freddie Freeloader’, to soulful ballads such as Etta James ‘At Last’. Allana has a warm contralto voice that she uses to emanate stunning singing as if she were one of the great jazz goddesses of the past!

Mark Baynes

Mark Baynes is a British jazz pianist with a contemporary leaning. Mark has been lucky enough to perform alongside some giants of jazz including Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea), Mark Kramer (Eddie Gomez), Cley Jenkins (Buddy Rich & Count Basie) as well as Mireya Ramos (Latin GRAMMY Award Winner), the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and a Broadway cast.

Mark was a guest arranger for the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s production of Hansel and Gretel, written by acclaimed composer Claire Cowan, and recorded for an album by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2020. In 2021 Mark collaborated with Troy Kingi on a soon to be released single, and composed and recorded an album with Latin Grammy Award Winner Mireyas Ramos (NYC).

Mark has worked with acts such as NZ hip hop artist King Kapisi, Che-Fu, Tony Christie (UK), Anika Moa, Don McGlashan, Batucada Sound Machine, Bella Kalolo. Mark worked for eighteen months in the Middle East as a musical director; a pianist/MD for ProShip (Canada) for two years; and has released under the pseudonym of Ironic Trio, his solo project.

Testimonials

Allana Goldsmith is a classic jazz songstress with warm and embracing vocals while Mark Baynes is a compassionate and empathetic accompanist on the piano, and together they create the bedrock of a very special experience indeed” – House of Prog

E Rere Rā was described to me as “rather alluring and easily accessible”, both descriptions of which I can agree. Allana Goldsmith’s vocal performance is superb; her storytelling, her phrasing, her tone and use of vocal range a joy to listen to. Mark Baynes makes for the perfect musical partner” – Simply Jazz Talk

“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” – CJC (NZ)

“So many jazz pieces I come across seem predictable and the same old territory, that I am surprised when someone truly fresh and original comes along” – Gary Burton (USA)

“Kiwi Mark Baynes is one of the most exciting jazz pianists to come along since Mike Nock. His soulful side is funky without getting stuck in a groove” – NZ Herald