There’s funk, Latin, jazz and blues - and then there’s jazz and blues meets The Beatles!
Jazz legend Rodger Fox blends the genres to create a distinctive sound at his upcoming concert Jazz’n Blues Meet the Beatles concert at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre on July 3.
The gig is presented by Tauranga Jazz Society, who host the annual National Jazz Festival as well as a monthly jazz jam at Mount Social Club.
This special concert features the stellar jazz-blues vocalist Erna Ferry with the Rodger Fox Funkbone Experience.
Rodger is a life member of the Tauranga Jazz Society and is always keen to perform in the Bay of Plenty.
“My guitarist Deane Hunter is one of New Zealand’s top fusion/jazz players, and bassist Rory Macartney is well known in the Bay,” says Rodger. “Both of these musicians are members of the Rodger Fox Big Band, and they hail from Tauranga.
“Add to this Tauranga’s own Liam Ryan on keyboards and TJS President Jeff Baker on drums, and we have The Rodger Fox Funkbone Experience… and I do mean we have a band.”
Rodger explains that fusion jazz was popular in New Zealand in the 1980s and 90s before it gave way to other expressions of jazz. However, he believes it is time to reintroduce its vibrant sound to New Zealand audiences.
He is looking forward to playing with a smaller group too, as it allows greater versatility.
“It gives me more time to showcase the trombone and the other players to improvise around the numbers,” says Rodger.
The programme includes Beatles tunes such as: Ticket to Ride, Drive My Car, A Hard Day’s Night, Day Tripper and I Saw Her Standing There. Plus there’ll be tributes to the music of the jazz greats Fred Wesley, Sonny Stitt, Grant Green, and the Jazz Crusaders.
Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek or Baycourt Box office.
The Weekend Sun has one double pass see Jazz’n Blues Meet the Beatles for one lucky reader.