New Zealand School of Music Jazz Band comes to Whanganui

The group NZSM will play at the Jazz Club. Photo / Provided

Te Koki New Zealand School of Music has two Jazz Big Bands that rehearse throughout the academic year, with players regularly auditioning for a place in the first or second band. Both groups perform regularly in Wellington, including at the Southern Cross Hotel and at jazz festivals across the country – Tauranga, Manawatu, Napier, Queenstown and the Southern Jam Festival.

The musical director is Dr Rodger Fox, New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist and big band leader. The Rodger Fox Big Band has been performing throughout New Zealand and around the world for approximately 50 years. Rodger’s current plan is to establish a New Zealand Jazz Orchestra, and we in the Whanganui Jazz Community fully endorse this initiative.

NZSM Big Band One showcases the country’s finest emerging jazz talent, drawn from the cream of jazz majors at the New Zealand School of Music.

The band has been making history for many years, featuring different musicians as students complete their studies and pursue their careers. The only constant is Rodger, and I asked him to introduce the concert in a few words:

“Hear the future of New Zealand jazz at a concert. Twenty-two young musicians from across New Zealand who take part in the NZ School of Music’s jazz program in Wellington. See them live now in Whanganui August 7. Keep Jazz Alive.”

This is the monthly meeting of the Whanganui Jazz Club which meets on the first Sunday of the month at St John’s Club, 158 Glasgow St. This month is August 7th. Doors open at 5:30 a.m., with full bar and restaurant service and the music starts at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $25, while members pay $15. Memberships are available at the door.
Come and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment with people who love the sounds inspired by the great tradition of jazz.

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Henry R. Wright