Rodger Fox

A music teacher, jazz educator, trombonist extraordinaire and big band leader, Dr Rodger Fox has played alongside some of the world’s greatest performers. In 2003 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to music, then in 2022 the higher honour of becoming a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM). In 2005 Massey University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Music. Over the past four decades, the various Rodger Fox Big Band ensembles have released over three dozen full-length albums.

Music has always surrounded Rodger Fox. His parents were music teachers and his grandfather was a brass band conductor. “Growing up in our household was a unique experience”, says Fox. “At any given time I could walk past my mother giving piano lessons in one room and into the lounge where four tuba players were practising with my father.”

Rodger Fox at the 2013 Wellington Summer Series
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Michael Brecker with The Rodger Fox Big Band with African Skies & Round Midnight (2004)
Rodger Fox with the Wellington Jazz Orchestra, Wellington 2011
The Rodger Fox Wellington Jazz Orchestra's The Capitol Sessions, recorded in Los Angeles at the Capitol Studios. It was released in March 2013.
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Rodger Fox and Michael Houston in 2015
Quincy Conserve in 1973. Left to right at rear: Billy Brown, Peter Blake, Rodger Fox, Geoff Culverwell, Murray Loveridge. Front: Malcolm Hayman, Paul Clayton
Photo credit: Murray Loveridge collection
The Rodger Fox Big Band with Erna Ferry - I Can’t Get No Satisfaction live at Rogue & Vagabond, Wellington 17th (2023)
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Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra with guest drummer Steve Smith (2014)
Haiku - Rodger Fox Big Band plays Hone Tuwhare (2022)
The 1860 Band's sole album, from 1978. They are photographed performing at Sydney’s infamous Basement jazz club.
Rodger Fox - Pick Up The Pieces (Telethon, Hamilton, 2 September 1990 - with Rodger Fox on electric bass)
Rodger Fox Big Band on RNZ's NZ Live, 2017
Eric Marienthal and Rodger Fox Big Band - Play That Funky Music (live at Masonic, 27 September 2009)
Rodger Fox and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra at The Regent Theatre, Palmerston North, 2013
Rodger Fox by Sal Criscillo
A Quincy Conserve image from the mid-1970s: Paul Clayton, Murray Loveridge, Tom Swainson (front), Peter Blake (behind Tom), Rodger Fox, Richard Holden (manager of NZ Breweries music circuit), Bill Brown, Geoffrey Culverwell, Billy's son with Malcolm Hayman in the front.
Photo credit: Jackie Matthews collection
Rodger Fox interview for Tauranga Jazz Festival 2015
When Big Band Jazz Meets Hip Hop and Rap... Rodger Fox Big Band & King Kapisi (2023)
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Rodger Fox Big Band - My Funny Valentine
The Rodger Fox Big Band's Heavy Company, recorded at Radio NZ (1981)
Michael Houston with The Rodger Fox Big Band (2015)
Rodger Fox and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra at the Jazz & Blues Gala, Nelson 2013
The Rodger Fox Big Band's The New York Tapes (1981). The band line-up included 1860 Band members Rodger Fox (bandleader, trombone), Rob Winch (bass), Peter Blake (keyboards), Geoff Culverwell (trumpet) with Mike Booth from Collision on trumpet and Ross Burge on drums.




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T-Bone Records

Circular Records


Fox’s big bands have recorded and/or performed works by New Zealand acts as diverse as Phil Broadhurst, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Lorde.

Fox estimates that over 200 personnel have passed through his various big bands.

Rodger Fox’s paternal grandfather, H.C.A. (Harry) Fox, was instrumental in the development of the Ratana Church brass bands in the 1930s. Based in Hawera, conducting brass bands, he tutored at Ratana Pa and lent musical instruments to the community.

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