The best mu­si­cal line-up yet comes to the Re­gent

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Two leg­endary rock­ers and a cel­e­brated Bri­tish jazz/soul vo­cal­ist head an im­pres­sive line-up of tal­ent that will storm Broad­way with the real thing.

Larry Mor­ris, Andy An­der­son and Roy Phillips from The Ped­dlers have agreed to as­sist the Rodger Fox Big Band rage all the way to the 60th Mon­terey Jazz Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber. All three have lent their artistry to

Let The Good Times Roll, the fundrais­ing con­cert as part of the Re­gent Alive Au­gust Fes­ti­val on Au­gust 20.

The Ped­dlers es­tab­lished them­selves in the 1960s as a unique jazz/blues trio and per­formed around the world for two decades. More re­cently they fea­tured on the sound­track of the multi-award win­ning TV se­ries, Break­ing Bad.

Their UK top sin­gles in­clude Tell The World We’re Not In, My Funny Valen­tine, On a Clear Day You Can See For­ever, Love For Sale, Birth and their most en­dur­ing sin­gle, Gir­lie.

Phillips left the group in the late ‘70s and his laid back voice with his dis­tinc­tive Ham­mond and key­board ar­range­ments have been heard around the world since then.

To­gether with Larry Mor­ris and Andy An­der­son, Phillips com­pletes a stel­lar trio of vo­cal­ists that are top­ping a one-off bill at the Re­gent.

Mor­ris is the hell-rais­ing rock star from Larry and the Rebels and to­day is forg­ing a new ca­reer af­ter record­ing the CD, Larry Mor­ris: An An­thol­ogy while TV and film ac­tor, Andy An­der­son, launched his all-orig­i­nals CD An­der­songs in Palmer­ston North last month.

Mor­ris sings from the Joe Cocker/ Blood Sweat and Tears song­book while Andy will re­peat the Si­na­tra/Count Basie sig­na­ture tune, I’ve Got You

Un­der My Skin with Rodger Fox and per­form Otis Red­ding and his own com­po­si­tions.

The big band re­cently re­ceived a once-in-a-life­time in­vi­ta­tion to join the line-up at the 60th Mon­terey Jazz Fes­ti­val but the chal­lenge to Fox and his mem­bers is to get there. The price tag is $128,000 and through a Boosted cam­paign, funds from pre­vi­ous gigs

and spon­sor­ship from Stephen Par­sons House of Travel, Fox has re­duced the amount to $16,000.

Let The Good Times Roll is a rock/ blues/jazz fest to pro­pel the Manawatu-based mu­si­cians, Erna Ferry, James TaitJamieson and Rodger him­self all the way to Mon­terey. Erna, James, Fox and lo­cal guest artist, Amy McKenna will join the il­lus­tri­ous line-up.

In par­tic­u­lar Rodger wants the US jazz au­di­ence to ex­pe­ri­ence Erna.

‘‘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,’’ he says.

Tick­ets (adults $37.50, stu­dents $20) from Tick­et­Di­rect.

RoyPhillips from The Ped­dlers is per­form­ing at the Re­gent on Broad­way on Au­gust 20.

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