San­tana key man to play the Globe

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - RICHARD MAYS

Jazzmeis­ter Rodger Fox re­turns to his first love on Wed­nes­day night with an all-star line-up.

The Funkbone Ex­pe­ri­ence takes Fox back to his 70s roots when his 1860 Band and Quincy Con­serve were known for their jazz funk fu­sion style.

Join­ing him for the short North Is­land tour that stops off at The Globe Theatre this evening is San­tana key­board player Dave Matthews and in-demand bass player De­wayne Pate.

‘‘Back in the 70s we used to play rhythm and blues, blues, funk and James Brown in a melt­ing pot of of those sorts of styles. This is back to that small group combo that I re­ally en­joy be­cause I get more chances to play.’’

The trom­bon­ist said be­ing leader and ar­ranger for the Big Band only af­fords him limited ‘‘slide time’’. The small combo means he can hook up his ‘bone to ef­fects ped­als to pro­duce a to­tally dif­fer­ent sort of sound.

‘‘This is funk fu­sion - mu­sic I en­joy lis­ten­ing to and play­ing. I was talk­ing to De­wayne Pate about it, and he was keen to come back to New Zealand, so we put to­gether a tour and a record­ing ses­sion.’’

Pate was a mem­ber of Fox’s 2005 World Blues Re­vue in the Re­gent on Broad­way that starred Bet­tye Lavette and Char­lie Mus­sle­white. Also on that tour was Matthews, who a week or so ago was play­ing the House of Blues in Las Ve­gas as a mem­ber of San­tana.

‘‘It just hap­pened that San­tana is hav­ing a Wood­stock re­union, and Dave wasn’t a mem­ber of the 1969 line-up, so he was free to come to New Zealand.

‘‘He has played with Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs and was key­board player for the late great Etta James at most of her fes­ti­val ap­pear­ances and on seven of her record­ings.’’

Pate has worked with the likes of Huey Lewis and the News, Pat Be­natar, Maria Mul­daur and re­cently toured with Grammy win­ning trum­pet vir­tu­oso, Ar­turo San­doval.

The other two mem­bers of the Ex­pe­ri­ence are Kiwi gui­tarist and gui­tar tu­tor Nick Granville, and head of the NZSM jazz pro­gramme and Danc­ing With The Stars drum­mer and per­cus­sion­ist, Lance Philip.

The evening kicks off with a mu­si­cian’s work­shop at 5.30pm. The Funkbone Ex­pe­ri­ence al­bum will be out next year.

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US bass player De­wayne Pate, a mem­ber of Rodger Fox’s Funkbone Ex­pe­ri­ence work­shop and con­cert tonight at the Globe.

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