Wellington Jazz Orchestra Inc presents

Reimagined! The Rodger Fox Big Band Plays Sir Dave Dobbyn

Friday 3 June 2022 | 8.00pm

With Sir Dave Dobbyn’s blessing, Rodger Fox gathered the best New Zealand and international arrangers and, together with the assembled talents of the Rodger Fox Big Band, produced a stellar recording of some of this country’s best-known songs.

Sir Dave Dobbyn said, “I'm struck by the punch and enthusiasm of the band for these fun arrangements. Great players plus Rodger Fox's big sound makes for a wild ride. I'm glad Rodger had a ball with the tunes as a source to let fly freely, Stretch that riff man. Go Rodger.”

Reimagined! features guest artists the likes of renowned drummer Gregg Bissonette, who has played with Maynard Ferguson, Santana, and the Ringo Starr All-Starr Band; Saxophonist Bob Sheppard - Steely Dan, Chick Corea and Mike Stern; Trumpeter Wayne Bergeron – Maynard Ferguson and Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band; Bass Trombonist Bill Reichenbach – Buddy Rich Big Band, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and 1000’s of movie scores; Guitarist Josh Smith - Joe Bonamassa; Trombonist Francisco Torres – Musical Director Poncho Sanchez; and Guitarist Larry Koonse - Mel Torme and Bob Mintzer.

Rodger says Sir Dave Dobbyn is one of our music icons, a stalwart, leader and supporter of the diverse New Zealand music scene.

“His music is evocative, not just of New Zealand's beautiful landscape but also of the national spirit and he’s a timeless social rebel, as applicable today as he was when he first burst onto the scene in the late seventies."

“The flowing lyrical nature of his music lends itself to being ‘reimagined’ in a jazz idiom. Jazz is fast and fluid, moody and introspective, sophisticated and, at the same time, accessible, adding a new dimension to Sir Dave Dobbyn’s music."

Dinner available at Dough Bakery. Click here to make your reservation now.

Gillies Group Theatre

Tickets: $55 Adult | $45 Senior | $25 Student | $70 Rodger Fox Big Band Two Concert Deal

Booking Fees apply


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