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Nick Granville

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Nick Granville is an expert guitarist, teacher and session musician who has worked with artists as diverse as Chris De Burgh, Ronan Keating, Delta Goodrem, Steve Smith, Mike Stern, Joey Defrancesco, Eric Marienthal, Kurt Elling and with the band on New Zealand's "Dancing with the Stars". Nick has his own groups that plays regularly including the major jazz festivals in NZ and is a founding member of the Wellington Jazz Orchestra. He has released four CD's as a band leader and has played on many, many records, film scores, TV programs and radio programs. He has taught and taken workshops at the New Zealand School of Music, Good time music academy, Musicworks stores, Christchurch Jazz school (CPIT), Otago University, Auckland University and at jazz festivals all around NZ

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The Rodger Fox Big Band: Plays New Zealand

Read "Plays New Zealand" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although trombonist Rodger Fox has somehow managed to keep New Zealand's finest big band alive and swinging for more than four decades, the band has never devoted an entire album to music written and arranged by New Zealanders--until now. That's not to say that Fox and the band have ignored music from their home country. Over ...

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Erna Ferry: Wild About You

Read "Wild About You" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If singer Erna Ferry's name is new to you, that's more than likely because she's a New Zealander who makes her home in that lovely faraway island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, east of Australia across the Tasman Sea. Ferry, a jazz singer with bluesy overtones, is backed on Wild About You by the exemplary ...

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Michael Houstoun with the Rodger Fox Big Band: Concerti

Read "Concerti" reviewed by Jack Bowers


There is a saying about “the best of both possible worlds," an adage that springs immediately to mind when listening to Concerti, a remarkable collaboration between classical pianist Michael Houstoun and trombonist Rodger Fox's superb big band from Wellington, New Zealand. The captivating program consists of four extended works, two by American pianist / composer Bill ...

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Label: Ode Records
Released: 2014

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Rodger Fox Wellington Jazz Orchestra: The Capitol Sessions

Read "The Capitol Sessions" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In July 2012, trombonist Rodger Fox brought his Wellington Jazz Orchestra all the way from New Zealand to Los Angeles to record at the famed Capitol Studios, thus confirming Fox's confidence in the ensemble--one doesn't undertake a trip like that accompanied by musicians whose talents are less than exemplary--while producing an album that is superlative from ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra / Sammy Nestico-SWR Big Band / Gran Canaria Big Band

Read "Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra / Sammy Nestico-SWR Big Band / Gran Canaria Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz OrchestraJourney HomeTbone Records2011 Alan Broadbent and Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra: a rendezvous that took many years to bring about and is clearly long overdue--but as the saying goes, better late than never (in this case, much better!). Broadbent, a Grammy-winning composer / arranger ...

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Stan Kenton Alumni Band / Dave Lisik Orchestra / New Zealand School of Music Big Band

Read "Stan Kenton Alumni Band / Dave Lisik Orchestra / New Zealand School of Music Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton Alumni Band Have Band Will Travel Summit Records 2010 There was a time (often referred to as “the good old days") when the phrase Have Band Will Travel would have been commonplace, as popular touring bands traversed the country on an almost daily basis to brave ...


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