Top jazz drum­mer to play in NZ

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Steve Gadd is re­garded as one of the world’s finest jazz drum­mers and he’ll be at the Globe on Oc­to­ber 17.

On the 50th an­niver­sary of his first record­ing, Steve has ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion from New Zealand jazz supremo Rodger Fox, to come to New Zealand for the first time.

“I started ex­tend­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to Steve more than 10 years ago and this year he con­tacted me and said he had this win­dow of op­por­tu­nity in his busy sched­ule,” Rodger says.

Steve’s re­sume boasts ses­sions and tours with Chick Corea, Steely Dan and Paul McCart­ney.

He has worked with Si­mon and Gar­funkel, Kate Bush, Joe Cocker, Grover Wash­ing­ton Jnr, the Bee Gees, Jon Bon Jovi and Al Di Me­ola.

“Gadd has put his in­deli­ble stamp on rock, jazz, blues, fu­sion and pop,” Fox says.

“If there’s a form of mu­sic he hasn’t played, chances are it hasn’t yet been in­vented.”

Fox points to Gadd’s record­ing of leg­endary drum tracks like Aja, Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover and Nite Sprite as ex­am­ples of his dis­tinc­tive style.

“There’s no drum­mer alive to­day who, in some way, has not been af­fected by Steve Gadd.

“His in­flu­ence is still very much felt and can be heard in the play­ing of ev­ery­one from Vin­nie Co­laiuta to Carter Beau­ford.

“I’m de­lighted Steve has ac­cepted our in­vi­ta­tion to play with the Rodger Fox Big Band.”

Also in­cluded in the line-up is sax­o­phon­ist, James Carter.

Jazz Times claims he has “ce­mented his rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most ad­ven­tur­ous, vi­sion­ary young sax­o­phon­ists”.

Steve Gadd with guest artist James Carter and the Rodger Fox Big Band per­form at The Globe, on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 17 at 8pm.

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