Tom Luer to per­form with youth orches­tra

Manawatu Standard - - The Turbine - Carly Thomas [email protected]

The New Zealand Youth Jazz Orches­tra mem­bers are young mu­si­cians on the top of their game and in a na­tional tour they will be per­form­ing with renowned Amer­i­can sax­o­phon­ist Tom Luer.

The youth orches­tra is an au­di­tioned en­sem­ble of 20 mu­si­cians di­rected by jazz mu­si­cians Rodger Fox and Dave Lisik. It will per­form in Palmer­ston North on Sat­ur­day.

Fox said the orches­tra re­hearses to­gether in Welling­ton be­fore em­bark­ing on its na­tional tour and many of them will progress to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ca­reers.

‘‘The band is a step­ping stone for many of New Zealand’s top jazz mu­si­cians such as vo­cal­ist Holly Smith and sax­o­phon­ist Nathan Haines.’’

This year’s guest artist Tom Luer has per­formed with the Gor­don Good­win Big Phat Band, Mike Barone Big Band and Wayne Berg­eron Big Band, and plays in the four-time grammy nom­i­nated Monk’es­tra, led by John Beasley.

Luer per­formed on NBC’S The Voice, X-fac­tor on Fox, among other shows, and in Queen Lat­i­fah’s band at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards.

In its Palmer­ston North con­cert, the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orches­tra will play big-band ar­range­ments by some of the world’s lead­ing jazz com­posers, in­clud­ing Thad Jones, John Fed­chock and Wil­lie Maidens. The orches­tra plays at The Globe, Palmer­ston North, on Sat­ur­day at 8pm.

The New Zealand Youth Jazz Orches­tra is about to em­bark on its na­tional tour with Amer­i­can sax­o­phon­ist Tom Luer (be­low) and will play in Palmer­ston North on Sat­ur­day.

Rodger Fox

Dave Lisik

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