Drums are beat­ing for Dave

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY -

The drums are al­ready beat­ing for one of the world’s greats.

Dave Weckl, a liv­ing leg­end among drum­mers, is com­ing to New Zealand next month for a five-venue work­shop tour.

Weckl has been in­ducted into Mod­ern Drum­mer’s Hall of Fame and has per­formed with the Chick Corea Elec­tric Band, Mike Stern Trio and has fea­tured with artists such as Paul Si­mon, Madonna, Ge­orge Ben­son, Michel Camilo, Robert Plant and The GRP All-star Big Band.

Weckl is be­ing brought to New Zealand with three other top Amer­i­can jazz artists by the Rodger Fox Big Band. They are Tony Lind­say, lead vo­cal­ist for the group San­tana, Adam Schroeder, Los An­ge­les based bari­tone sax­o­phon­ist and trum­peter Alex Sip­i­a­gin.

The four of them, in con­cert with the Rodger Fox Big Band, will per­form at the 50th Manawatu Jazz Fes­ti­val as well as Auck­land, Up­per Hutt, Napier, Christchurch and Welling­ton.

In four of the five venues in­clud­ing Palmer­ston North, Rodger Fox and his guest artists will hold work­shops lead­ing up to the con­certs at night. They in­clude a drum work­shop and mas­ter­class from Weckl.

The guests will add a new di­men­sion and ex­pose the stu­dents to dif­fer­ent styles of jazz and a dif­fer­ent level of mas­tery, Fox says.

Drum­min­gle­gend Dave Weckl.

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