Top jazz drummer to play in NZ
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.