We are pleased to welcome Rodger Fox back to the Blues Club on Thursday 14th August at the Bristol with:
NZ School of Music Big Bands 1 & 2
Jazz Guitar Big Band
The New Zealand School of Music Big Band, directed by Rodger Fox, features some of the country’s best up-and-coming jazz talent. With increasing numbers of appearances at festivals and in concert around New Zealand, their profile is growing by the year.
The band has appeared in concert with international artists including Mike Nock, Jon Papenbrook, Jim Pugh, Clay Jenkins, Georgie Fame, Bob Sheppard, Bill Reichenbach and Bruce Forman. The band records a CD annually, and in 2009 they won a Tui award for the best jazz recording of the year.
Their diverse repertoire includes a cross-section of material made famous by bands and artists such as Woody Herman, Bob Mintzer, Buddy Rich, and Bill Holman, Count Basie and Maynard Ferguson.
Rodger Fox is New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer.
He has performed in concert with some of the biggest names in the business, from the jazz and entertainment world, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton – Thomas, Joe Williams, The Four Tops – Temptations, Gary Grant, Jon Papenbrook, Bill Cunliffe, Holly Hofmann, Kevin Mahogany to name but a few.
Rodger has promoted live concerts with his Big Band in the Global Festival arena, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, The International Association of Jazz Educators Concert 1997 & 1999 and concerts in London, Singapore, Australia, Poland and the USA.
Rodger was winner of the’Tui’ for New Zealand Jazz Recording of theYear in 1981 and 2000 and a finalist in 1984 and 200
The members of this energetic and fun band share a passion for jug band music and recognise its unique place in music history, both at the dawn of jazz and blues, and in the 1950s and 60s resurgence of jug bands and skiffle groups.
Their style encompasses rural blues, good time music, a mix of originals and folk blues. Their handmade instruments include tea chest bass, lagerfone, washboard, and stomp box, which gives them an authentic sound.
The X Ray Catz are New Zealand’s premiere 1950’s Rock n Roll/ Rockabilly band. With a repertoire including classics from the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, The Stray Cats Dwight Yoakam and more.
Antony Maddock, crazed and loveable guitar player (Stevie Ray); Gordon Barrell on bass, standup bass, upright bass, double bass – whatever you want to call that big thing; Wayne Mason on keyboards, boogie woodie; and the inimitable Richard Te One on drums.
Vocalist Emma Davey has classy wide-ranging musical styles. With Lawrence Arps on guitar; Martin Robertson on bass; Mark Walls on drums; Chris Balm on keys; and Fiona Bucket BVs, the Monks of Cool bring colour and depth to Emma’s classy compositions.
Featuring special guest Andrew Clouston on saxophone the Monks will be playing a mix of originals and classics spanning blues/soul and country with the odd diminished chord for good measure. Something for the heart broken, the hopeful romantics and the cynics alike. The Monks of Cool are out to have some fun with twin guitars, bass, keys, drums and sweet vocal harmonies.