2019 NZSM Big Band One Musical Director: Rodger Fox
Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music has three Big Bands rehearsing throughout the university year with players regularly auditioning for their position. All three bands have regular performance opportunities including NZSM Big Band Big Nights at the Bristol Hotel on Cuba Street and Jazz Festivals around the country: Tauranga, Manawatu, Napier, Southern Jam and Queenstown. The Bands come under the musical direction of Dr Rodger Fox, New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist and big band leader. Big Band One features the country’s best up and coming jazz talent drawn from the cream of the New Zealand School of Music jazz majors.
The NZSM Big Band performs a cross-section of material made famous by bands and artists such as Woody Herman, Bob Mintzer, Buddy Rich, Bill Holman, Count Basie and Maynard Ferguson. The band has appeared in concert with major international artists such as Mike Nock, trumpeters Jon Papenbrook, Clay Jenkins and Alex Sipiagin , trombonist Jim Pugh and Bill Reichenbach, Mr Georgie Fame, saxophonists Bob Sheppard, Dick Oates, Eric Marienthal. Ray Woolf and Chris Cain.