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​New Zealand Supremo jazz trombonist Rodger Fox has led his nationally recognised big band for nearly 40 years.

The legendary big band celebrates its 40th anniversary with a triumphant national tour in September 2013 featuring special guests from the USA – Joey DeFrancesco International acclaimed exponent of the Hammond jazz organ and Vocalist Brenda Boykin and Guitarist Mike Stern all in Concert with Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra.

5 concerts are being organised to celebrate the milestone with a tour of the main centre’s playing the sort of music that made the big band unique when it first assembled at the Wellington Musicians Clubrooms in 1973.

An added bonus to the 40th Anniversary tour:  Before Rodger puts down his instrument and stops twitching his leg he wants to take his big band back to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and stop over in England to record the bands next CD at the famous Abbey Road Studios so all funds raised through the anniversary tour will go towards this goal.

​Featuring from the USA
JOEY DEFRANCESCO – The Finest Jazz Organist on the Planet​
Joey is an American jazz organist, trumpeter, and vocalist. Down Beat's Critics and Readers Poll selected him as the top jazz organist every year since 2003.​

​BRENDA BOYKIN – Fantastic vocalist who was such a hit in her previous NZ tours as part of the World Blues Revue and Church Road Jazz concert.​

MIKE STERN – In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, six-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarist and composers of his generation.

Dates and Venues
Palmerston North, Regent Theatre. September 4th, 8.00pm
Tickets available from TicketDirect
Wellington, Opera House. September 5th, 8.00pm
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Napier, Municipal Theatre. September 6th, 8.00pm
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Hamilton, Clarence Street Theatre. September 7th, 8.00pm
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Auckland, Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna. September 8th, 8.00pm
Tickets available from TicketMaster