Jazzing up Christmas
Award winning trombonist Rodger Fox returns to Kapiti on Sunday for a Christmas charity jazz concert, with funds going to the Lions Club of Kapiti.
He will perform with his Wellington Jazz Orchestra, which has been together for two years.
The concert will feature Manawatu vocalist Erna Ferry.
They will perform Glenn Millar and ''big band era-type'' music with material Fox performed in the United States this year.
The band travelled to Los Angeles to record at Capitol Studios, renowned for artists including Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.
Everybody from The Beatles to Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble have used Capitol Studios, Fox said.
''Sir Paul McCartney did his last album there so just to be in that environment where all those artists and greatest musicians have been, it was a fantastic experience.
''It was a big expense and a lot of hard work over about a 15 to 18 month period but ... the recording is obviously fantastic. The experience for the musicians and the band, I mean you can't really put a value on that.''
They also performed in Las Vegas and Los Angeles on the trip.
''That in itself is a major achievement, just the fact that the band was playing at a level of musicianship to be able to do something like that.''
Fox will celebrate his 40th year performing with big bands next year and is planning a series of concerts throughout the year.
When he is not performing, Fox lectures at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, where he teaches trombone and leads the jazz ensembles.
He is also the artistic director of the Manawatu International Jazz Festival, which turned 45th in May.
Fox said he is looking forward to the concert at Southwards, which will raise money for Kapiti groups supported by the Lions Club of Kapiti.
''They do a lot of good stuff in the community so I think to get out and help where you can and do it through playing music, it's the best of both worlds really.''
Sunday, 2pm, Southward Theatre, $20, ticketdirect.co.nz.
- Kapiti Observer