Jan Preston Profile

Keith Newman
24 Nov 2015

Classically trained pianist and former Zealand rock musician Jan Preston is one of Australasia’s finest exponents of boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues piano and a sought after composer of film and documentary soundtracks.

The one time member of the Red Mole theatrical troupe, Midge Marsden’s Country Flyers, pop group Coup D’Etat and Australian group The Tribe, Preston has recorded more than 10 solo albums since she moved to Australia in 1981.

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Jan Preston covers Reckless by Australian Crawl, ABC TV Spicks & Specks (2011)
Red Mole On The Road (1979 - clip two of six)
Jan Preston discusses Winifred Atwell on TV One Breakfast, 2011
Jan Preston - In The Mood (live on TVNZ Good Morning, 2011)
Coup D'Etat: Jan Preston, Paul Dunningham, Harry Lyon and Neil Hannan
Jan Preston - Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (2014)
Jan Preston plays Wellington, 2003
Jan Preston with Coup D'Etat
Jan Preston - Boatshed Boogie (2012)
Jan Preston with Bob Malone - Broadbeach, Queensland (2006)
The Red Mole Troup Oct 1979. Coney Island. New York. L to R: Alan Brunton, Neil Hannan, Deborah Hunt, John Davies, Jan Preston, Martin Edmond, Sally Rodwell. 
Photo credit: Photo by Joe Bleakley
Jan Preston and Paul Hay - Barossa Valley, South Australia, 20 September 2009
Jan Preston - Honky Tonk Blues (2013)
Coup D'Etat's Heart Attack, the B-side to Doctor I Like Your Medicine.
Jan Preston at Noosa Jazz Festival, 2010
Coup D'Etat - No Music On My Radio (1980)
Jan Preston - Stop the Fight (1993)
Jan Preston - The Piano Has The Blues (2012)
Jan Preston - Crossover Boogie (2012)
Coup D'Etat - Doctor I Like Your Medicine (1981)
Jan Preston
Photo credit: Jan Preston collection
Coup D'Etat: Jan Preston, Harry Lyon, Paul Dunningham and Neil Hannan
Jan Preston with Andrew Farrell (“The Wizard”), Doc Span, James Clark & Mike Korman. Recocos Restaurant, Noosa Jazz Festival. 7 September 2014.
Jan Preston - Driving In The Rain - Goulburn Railway Bowling Club, Australian Blues Music Festival, February 2013
Jan Preston with Tribe in the early 1980s
Jan Preston performs Rockin Pneumonia at Blue Wave Camp, Germany 2009
Red Mole On The Road (1979 - clip one of six)
Jan Preston
Jan Preston, 1993
Jan Preston performing at the 2013 Illawarra Folk Festival
Jan Preston and Harry Lyon with Coup D'Etat, 1981
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick

Prominent New Zealand filmmaker Gaylene Preston is Jan Preston's sister.

Whilst Jan was playing in a restaurant in Australia she ended up playing for British comedy legend ( and jazzer) Spike Milligan. On the first night he really enjoyed her performance. Spike came back to eat the following night. Jan wasn't playing so Milligan asked if she could be contacted to come in.