Jazz legends get together
There’s funk, Latin, jazz and blues but what happens when you meld them together?
Jazz legend Rodger Fox knows and is blending those genre to create a distinctive sound.
Next month he’s taking what is celebrated as jazz fusion on the road and into the studio utilising five pre-eminent musicians who are masters of their craft.
The Rodger Fox FunkBone Experience are performing at the Globe Theatre on October 12 as part of three venue tour before recording their material in Wellington.
At each venue the band will hold workshops before the gig.
Two of the musicians, bass player Dewayne Pate and Dave Mathews on keyboard, are direct from the United States and revel in creating the jazz fusion sound.
Mathews has played with Tower of Power, Pete Escovedo, Pee Wee Ellis, Boz Scaggs and is the current keyboardist with Santana. Until her death, Dave was organist/pianist with Grammy Award winning, Etta James, and appeared with her at most of the world’s major jazz and blues festivals and on seven of Etta’s recordings.
The other three performers are guitarist Nick Granville, one of New Zealand’s fusion/jazz players and guitar tutor at the New Zealand School of Music, Lance Philips, jazz programme leader at the New Zealand School of Music and percussionist with the Dance with the Stars band and Rodger Fox himself.
The Rodger Fox Funkbone Experience perform at The Globe on October 12 at 8pm. Book www.globe.theatre.co.nz.