Top trumpeter heads series
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.