Rock icons join Fox fundraiser
The Rodger Fox Big Band has received a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to join the line-up at the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival but first they have to get there.
The price tag is $128,000 and raising the money has been a challenge.
So band founder Rodger took the old adage ‘‘sing for your supper’’ to heart and is holding a fundraiser entitled Let The Good
Times Roll at the Regent on Broadway on Sunday August 20 as part of the Regent Alive August Festival.
Because of his commitment to Palmerston North, Rodger has included three incredible Manawatu-based musicians in his line-up of artists – Erna Ferry, Amy McKenna and James TaitJamieson – but he’s also reached out to two legendary New Zealand artists.
Larry Morris, the hellraising rock star from Larry and the Rebels, survivor, and, now at 69, forging a new career after recording a CD, Larry Morris: An
Anthology, is joining Rodger. ‘‘Larry has always been a rocker in the style of Joe Cocker.
‘‘We’ll do some rock/blues material from Blood, Sweat and Tears, Sharon O’Neill’s Maxine and he sings the ultimate McArthur’s
Park,’’ Rodger says. ‘‘He’s never performed with the full big band before so this will be an experience.’’
Larry has been the complete rock and roll story – a drug bust, years in jail, an illegal immigrant in the US, an active romantic life and now he’s back, looking after his parents, and sharing his journey in song.
The other legend, now living in Palmerston North, is Andy Anderson.
Andy started with his band, The Corvairs, then moved to Australia and established the Missing Links. In the last 30 years he’s extended his talent to TV and film as a versatile actor in such stellar
series as The Sullivans, Gloss and Prisoner. But now he’s returned to his roots and last week released an all-originals CD Andersongs, with the recording band Trips Flat,
‘‘I recall singing a Sinatra/Count Basie version of I’ve Got You
Under My Skin with Rodger years ago and it’s great to be reunited with him next month,’’ Andy says.
Rodger is determined to get to Monterey. The invitation reflects the reputation his players have achieved over 40 years and, in particular, Rodger wants the US jazz audience to experience Erna Ferry.
‘‘She’s the best kept secret in the jazz/blues world in New Zealand and she’ll be a revelation to jazz fans in the States,’’ Rodger says. Let The Good Times Roll, featuring the Rodger Fox Big Band and guests plays at the Regent on Broadway, August 20 at 4pm. Tickets at TicketDirect.
AndyAnderson is one of two icons ofNZrock music joining up with the Rodger Fox Big Band to help get the band to Monterey.