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‘Rodger Fox has been a central figure in the New Zealand jazz community for decades. From his early career in the rock band, Quincy Conserve to appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and through his life’s work in jazz education, Rodger has broken new ground and connected local musicians to the global stage. Nick Tipping talks to Rodger about a life lived in jazz.
Host: Nick Tipping
Guest: Rodger Fox
Brought to you by SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music
For more information visit RNZ Concert’s ‘Inside Out’ feature, hosted by Nick Tipping, made to accompany this podcast.
Links & Resources
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Montreux Suite I
Go Down Gambling
Bebop and Roses
Just Squeeze Me
Velvet Dreams Assured
Stretchin’ With Gretchen
Producer: Nick Tipping
Sound Engineer: Phil Brownlee
This podcast is supported by funding from The Stout Trust.
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Nick Tipping is the host of the weekly RNZ jazz programme Inside Out, and RNZ Concert’s daily Works and Classical Connection shows.
Nick’s performing credits also include Kiwi superstars Bic Runga, the NZSO, and Nathan Haines, as well as global figures like Joey DeFrancesco and Mike Stern. Nick regularly appears with composer Ross Harris’s klezmer ensemble The Kugels, and his band The Jac won Best Jazz Artist at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards.
Nick holds a PhD in jazz studies from the NZ School of Music, and lectured there for a decade.
New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer.
He has performed in concert with some of the biggest names in the business, from the jazz and entertainment world, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton – Thomas, Joe Williams, The Four Tops – Temptations, Gary Grant, Jon Papenbrook, Bill Cunliffe, Holly Hofmann, Kevin Mahogany to name but a few.
Rodger has promoted live concerts with his Big Band in the Global Festival arena, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, The International Association of Jazz Educators Concert 1997 & 1999 and concerts in London, Singapore, Australia, Poland and the USA.
Rodger was winner of the’Tui’ for New Zealand Jazz Recording of the Year in 1981, 2000 and 2012 and a finalist in 1984 and 2001.