28 May 2017

Mixing it up at the Wellington Jazz Festival

From Standing Room Only, 12:30 pm on 28 May 2017

Michael Houston:  No, I won't! I won't (be improvising) because it'll all just stop and I'll melt into a little heap on the floor and Rodger will have to save the day.

Rodger and Michael

Rodger and Michael Photo: supplied

The upcoming Wellington Jazz Festival boast the usual riches you'd expect - top overseas artists like singer Dianne Reeves, guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Dave Wecki, and some stellar local talent like Tammi Neilson and Jonathan Crayford.

But even those who're not in the know about jazz, the festival boasts two names will have have heard of.  In fact they're probably two of anyone's top ten list of New Zealand musicians - trombonist and big band king, Rodger Fox, and classical pianist Michael Houstoun.  Jazz and classical?  they talk to Simon Morris about how it all works.

The Wellington Jazz Festival runs from 7-11 June and Bach Beat - Michael Houston & The Rodger Fox Big Band happens on Sunday the 11th of June at Wellington's Opera House.