Jazz In the Wairarapa – Memories Of A Friendly Invasion
Rodger Fox Jazz Ensemble to play music from the forties and fifties
Mulled Wine Concert in Featherston on Friday 27 May 6 – 8 pm.
Rodger Fox is New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer. He is no stranger to Mulled Wine Concerts and will happily feature at Featherston's historic ANZAC Hall on FRIDAY MAY 27 from 6:00 PM to 8:30PM in fine form, intending to give his audience an evening to swing to! Inspired by the Jazz music of the swing era, first brought to NZ by the US servicemen who were stationed at many different camps around Wellington in the 1940's Rodger and his Extended Jazz Ensemble will commemorate that time and extend it into the 1950s before swinging along into the 'sixties with a few arrangements of popular Beatles numbers. Rodger comments "Whatever numbers we do, they are all played in true Rodger Fox Band fashion… big bold and brassy... with a lot of sassy style from our vocalist Erna Ferry".
The Extended Jazz Ensemble is a seven-piece band, led by Rodger on trombone and backed up by well-known Wellington jazz artists James Guilford on trumpet, Bryn Van Vliet - saxophone, Ayrton Foote - keyboards, Gus Reece - guitar, Rory Macartney – bass and Lance Philip on drums. The fabulous Erna Ferry will be weaving her vocal magic around the songs Rodger has chosen to mark the occasion.
Rodger Fox has promoted and played in live concerts in the Global Festival arena, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival. In 2022 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to music and in 2005 Massey University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Music. His various ensembles have released over three dozen full-length albums over the past decades and he has just released a new album of arrangements of Dave Dobbyn songs for 2022.
Organiser Mary Gow is pleased to welcome Rodger to her new concert series in Featherston and notes that Mulled Wine Concerts will again be putting on its famous hospitality with a cup of mulled wine. A wide range of prizes, donated by our business community will be available in the raffle, so Mary asks patrons “Remember to bring a bit of cash along if you feel lucky!”.
Mulled Wine Concerts present RODGER FOX JAZZ ENSEMBLE. ANZAC HALL, 62 Bell Street, Featherston 5710 Friday 27 MAY 2022, 6:00PM to 8:30PM.
Tickets: Pre-sales until Friday May 27 - $30/$15 (Child under 16). Door sales $35
Online sales: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 021 101 9609
Ticket outlets:Chicken & Frog Bookstore, 3 Clifford Square, Featherston; iSite Martinborough; Mrs Blackwell's Village Bookstore, 93 Main St., Greytown
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