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