Rock icons join Fox fundraiser

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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.

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