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Big Band Extravaganza Fundraiser

August 25, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm NZST


Come and join the Big Band Extravaganza and help them raise funds to support the Rodger Fox Big Band in their effort to get to the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. Rodger and his band members have done a lot to support us here in Christchurch and we wanted to show how grateful we are by making a contribution to their tour fund.


12.20 Chisnallwood Intermediate Big Band

12.50 All Girl Big Band

1.40 River City Jazzmen

2.30 Garden City Big Band

3.20 Rangi Ruru Big Band

3.50 Ellesmere Big Band

4.40 Sideline Swing

Entry will be by a minimum of a $10 donation (but more happily accepted for this good cause!) and there will be food and drink available for purchase at the bar.

Please spread the word among all your friends and family – it will be a wonderful afternoon and your support will be so appreciated.

Below is some information about the invitation the Band has received:

The Rodger Fox Big BandBand has been asked to perform at the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival in the US in September.

Festival organisers have recognised the pre-eminent status of the big band and invited them to join the line-up in its milestone anniversary year. Musical Director Rodger Fox is delighted with the unexpected invitation -it reflects the overseas reputation he and his players have achieved over the 40 years the band has been running.

In rolling out the red carpet, CEO of the festival, Tim Jackson, says “It’s a great honour to invite New Zealand’s acclaimed big band” to join the line-up in a milestone year.This festival is renowned as one of the world’s pre-eminent longest consecutively running jazz festivals, which makes the invitation to Rodger Fox particularly special.

Their programmes for the festival will include performances with US blues guitar master Chris Cain and a featured programme of New Zealand music.In addition to the Monterey Jazz Festival invitation, Rodger has arranged performances on the West Coast of America and a recording session at the acclaimed United Studios in Los Angeles. United is where top artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick and Diana Krall recorded many of their celebrated albums.

Rodger’s 20-musician big band is comprised of Wellington’s leading young talent, including Lauren Ellis – drums, Ben Hunt – Trumpet, Eilish Wilson – saxophone and Oscar Laven – Saxophone are all seem around Wellington in bands such as the Richter City Rebels and the Mingus Ensemble.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime for Rodger and all of the musicians. However with these opportunities come significant financial challenges.The Rodger Fox big band is a not-for-profit society, and the total tour budget is set at a minimum of $128,000, which the big band has had only four months to raise.


August 25, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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