Rodger Fox and NZ School of Music

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

and the

Jazz Guitar Big Band

Rodger Fox and the School of musicThe 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_smallRodger 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