Ul­ti­mate jazz quar­tet in Palmy

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The ul­ti­mate jazz quar­tet is com­ing to Palmer­ston North.

While the four stel­lar mu­si­cians have never played to­gether as a group jazz im­pre­sario Rodger Fox has en­ticed them to New Zealand for a se­ries of six con­certs early next month. Their Palmer­ston North con­cert is at the Re­gent on Broad­way on June 3.

The mu­si­cians are a who’s who of Amer­i­can-based mu­si­cians and sing and play in­stru­ments that col­lec­tively could make them the most sought-af­ter jazz combo.

They’re headed by Dave Weckl ‘‘one of the 25 best drum­mers of all time’’ and Grammy award win­ning lead vo­cal­ist for San­tana Tony Lind­say, pic­tured. The other two are Adam Shroeder, recog­nised by Down Beat mag­a­zine as the ‘‘ris­ing star’’ on the bari­tone sax­o­phone, and trum­peter Alex Sip­i­a­gin, who won top hon­ours at the In­ter­na­tional Louis Arm­strong competition.

In­di­vid­u­ally they’re top of their pro­fes­sion but to­gether, when they play with the Rodger Fox Big Band, they’ll pro­vide an ex­pe­ri­ence rarely heard in New Zealand or any­where in the world.

‘‘The four of them will add a new di­men­sion and ex­pose their au­di­ence to dif­fer­ent styles of jazz and a dif­fer­ent level of mas­tery,’’ Rodger Fox says.

Their Palmer­ston North con­cert on Satur­day, June 3, will be the ‘‘jewel in the crown’’ of the 50th Manawatu Jazz Fes­ti­val.

The drums have been beat­ing for Dave Weckl since Rodger an­nounced the lineup in De­cem­ber.

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

While in New Zealand Weckl will hold drum work­shops and a mas­ter­class in four of the six venues.

Tony Lind­say, who was lead vo­cal­ist with San­tana for 20 years, has trav­elled with them on sev­eral world tours and recorded seven CDs with them.

Pro­ceeds from the Jazz Gala se­ries will go to­wards helping to get the Rodger Fox Big Band to the 60th Mon­terey Jazz Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber.

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