Born: January 7, 1953 Primary Instrument: Trombone
Self-directed, enthusiastic educator, with a passionate commitment to student development in learning and performance experience. Lead by example and motivate and encourage people to extend themselves to perform above of their expected skill level. Active team member who effectively collaborates with all levels of staff members and establishes quality relationships with students. Successfully implemented events, from major national and international tours for many artists and bands, through to promotional and performance opportunities for Massey University groups now the New Zealand School of Music
Recorded 27 albums/CDs including two live recordings at the Montreux Jazz Festival, one at the Vanguard Studio’s in New York City which featured premier jazz artists Guitarist John Scofield, Bassist Ron McClure and Trumpeter Tom Harrell. Other recordings have featured performances by Bobby Shew, Bill Reichenbach, Gary Grant, Bill Cunliffe, Jon Papenbrook,Tom Warrington and Steve Houghton, Randy Crawford, plus a host of New Zealand stars.
Three Tui awards for “New Zealand Jazz Recordings of the Year”.
1984, 2001, 2004.
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 Michael Brecker, Bill Reichenbach, Diane Schuur, John Fedchock, Louie Bellson, Jim Pugh, Irv Wagner, The University of Oklahoma Trombone Ensemble, Tom Warrington, Joe LaBarbera, Larry Koonse, 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
Recorded some 27 albums/CDs including two live recordings at the Montreux Jazz Festival, one at the Vanguard Studio’s in New York City which featured premier jazz artists Guitarist John Scofield, Bassist Ron McClure and Trumpeter Tom Harrell. Other recordings and concert appearances have featured performances by Bobby Shew, Bill Reichenbach, Gary Grant, Bill Cunliffe, Jon Papenbrook, Bob Sheppard, Jim Pugh, Bob Mintzer, Tom Warrington, Steve Houghton, Randy Crawford, Bill Cunliffe, Tom Warrington, Joe LaBarbera, Clay Jenkins, Steve Smith, Larry Koonse plus a host of New Zealand stars.
All 24 CD’s have been released into Australia.
Rodger Fox and Bill Reichenbach CD - Released into the USA on Summit Records
The Rodger Fox Big Band – “Ain’t That the Truth” – Released into the USA on Cadence Records.
The Rodger Fox Quartet – “Back To Being One” – Released into the USA , UK and Australia – on Cadence Records
The Rodger Fox Big Band – “A Rare Connection” Released in the USA on Tap Records.
The Rodger Fox Big Band – “Warriors” Released into the USA on Tap Records
The Rodger Fox and Midge Marsden – Released into the USA on Tap Records
Winner of the New Zealand Jazz recording of the years in 1981 2000 and 2004. Finalists 1984, 2001 and 2008
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