The best musical line-up yet comes to the Regent
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.