Jazz leg­ends get to­gether

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

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.

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