Jazz Player was the name given to her by New Zealand based original owners Philip & Kim Bratton who first commissioned the boat back in 2004 where she was based out of Wellington. The Bakewell-White Z39 was the result of a design competition run by Yachting New Zealand to come up with the next one-design cruiser/racer. Upon winning this design competition the first Z39 (Jazz Player) was built by Hakes Marine. Andrew Lawrence purchased the yacht in 2006 where she was berthed at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron for many years, but recently resides out of Sandringham Yacht Club.
In May of 2015 the team started a full refit of Jazz player, basically stripping her down to her bare bones and rebuilding everything from scratch, in preparation for the Melbourne to Osaka 2018. There have been many changes to the boat including a new lighter deeper keel fin, independent twin wheel steering system, whole new interior/internal structure and a simplified electronics package. The sail package has also been changed with the inclusion of a square top main and going to hanks on the jib for easy handling two-handed.
Jazz Player has been campaigned quite heavily out of Melbourne over the years competing in races and regattas such as Melbourne to King Island, Melbourne to Stanley, Hamilton Island Race Week, Geelong Week, Melbourne to Hobart (Line Honours and 1st IRC in 2009), Melbourne to Vanuatu and 5 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races.