Fox’s 40-year jazz odyssey to be hon­oured at sta­dium gig

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Ti­tahi Bay jazz le­gend Rodger Fox’s four decades of jazz lead­er­ship is be­ing hon­oured by the Welling­ton Jazz Club in a trib­ute con­cert on March 17.

Fox comes from a mu­si­cal fam­ily – fa­ther Louis Fox was head of mu­sic at Mana Col­lege and formed what be­came the Porirua City Brass Band, while his mother Betty taught pi­ano and per­formed with her hus­band.

Big band jazz mu­sic and Rodger Fox’s name are syn­ony­mous in New Zealand.

As a trom­bon­ist, big band leader, jazz ed­u­ca­tor, ar­ranger and pro­ducer Rodger has pro­moted big band mu­sic since he set up his own en­sem­ble in 1973.

Fox won New Zealand Jazz Record­ing of the Year in 1981, 2000, 2004 and 2009 and was a fi­nal­ist in 1984, 2001 and 2008.

He was the first jazz mu­si­cian to be awarded a Doc­tor of Mu­sic from Massey Univer­sity.

‘‘This evening is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for the Welling­ton Jazz Club to hon­our Rodger Fox for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to jazz in New Zealand,’’ says Welling­ton Jazz Club mem­ber Gra­ham Kelly.

The gig is billed as ‘‘Kings of Swing – from Then to Now with Rodger Fox and Friends’’, fea­tur­ing the mu­sic of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Woody Her­man, Duke Elling­ton, Ar­tie Shaw and Buddy Rich.

The very best mu­si­cians and vo­cal­ists who have played with Rodger over the past 40 years will be per­form­ing with the big band in­clud­ing Brian Smith on sax, Mike Booth, trum­pet, Midge Mars­den, and vo­cal­ists Ray Woolf, David Fee­han and Erna Ferry.

The con­cert is be­ing held at the Welling­ton Re­gional West­pac Sta­dium, Level 4, from 5pm till 7.30pm, in a restau­rant-cabaret style. Tick­ets are $27/$10 and can be booked on­line at www.eventfinder.co.nz or by con­tact­ing Gra­ham Kelly on 234 8825.

Rodger Fox’s 40-year con­tri­bu­tion to jazz is to be recog­nised at a spe­cial trib­ute show next week. Photo: FAIRFAX

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