Top trum­peter heads se­ries

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An artist, de­scribed as a brilliant trum­pet vir­tu­oso, will head­line a ground-break­ing na­tional tour by the Rodger Fox Big Band and the New Zealand Sym­phony Or­ches­tra in Septem­ber.

Allen Viz­zutti, a grad­u­ate of the pres­ti­gious East­man School of Mu­sic in the United States, is a trum­peter equally at home in both the clas­si­cal and jazz styles.

Jazz leg­end Rodger Fox de­scribes Allen Viz­zutti as a trum­peter extraordinaire ‘‘who can seam­lessly move be­tween jazz and clas­si­cal and tech­ni­cally play scores that are be­yond most mu­si­cians with ease and as­sur­ance.’’

Reper­toire for the con­cert tour, en­ti­tled Swing Into Spring, will be drawn from a wide range of jazz, Latin and pop­u­lar big band ma­te­rial. Clas­sics such as A Night in Tu­nisia, Take the A Train and a West Side Story suite will be pre­sented along­side stel­lar arrangements of New Zealand pop clas­sics Roy­als and Wan­der­ing Eye.

The trail-blaz­ing 12 con­cert tour starts at New Ply­mouth on Septem­ber 1 and per­forms at the Re­gent on Broad­way, Palmer­ston North on Fri­day, Septem­ber 2.

The con­cept for the trend-set­ting se­ries fea­tur­ing the pre-emi­nent Rodger Fox Big Band and the NZSO, came dur­ing the band’s 40th an­niver­sary three years ago. A meet­ing be­tween Rodger Fox and NZSO Gen­eral Man­ager Christo­pher Blake saw the idea take flight.

Rodger has sup­plied mu­sic that’s never been per­formed in this genre be­fore. It’s ei­ther been ar­ranged or com­mis­sioned by such ac­claimed com­posers as Matt Har­ris and Jeff Driskilll.

And, in a unique first, Rodger will di­rect the big band and Hamish McKe­ich will con­duct the or­ches­tra, how­ever, at times, Rodger will be­come trom­bone soloist and Hamish will lead the com­bined re­sources. With jazz, im­pro­vi­sa­tion can hap­pen.

The Rodger Fox Big Band and the NZSO with spe­cial guest Allen Viz­zutti, per­forms at the Re­gent On Broad­way on Fri­day, Septem­ber 2 at 6.30pm. Book­ings at Tick­etDirect.

Allen Viz­zutti

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