Dr Rodger Fox

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Senior Lecturer, Jazz Ensembles; Coordinator Jazz Brass School of Music


ONZM, HonDMus Massey


  • Senior Lecturer – Jazz Ensemble
  • Co-ordinator, Jazz (Brass)


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 Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, 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.

Rodger was winner of the 'Tui' for New Zealand Jazz Recording of the Year in 1981 and 2000 and a finalist in 1984 and 2001.

Jazz research

Dr Rodger Fox has an extensive portfolio of recordings (including New Zealand Music Award winners), performances and tours with international artists with high international profiles. Recent highlights include:


  • USA tour with Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra and the recording of CD at the famed Capitol Studios - Release forthcoming (2012)
  • Steve Smith NZ tour with Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra (2012)
  • Manawatu Jazz Festival with Bob Mintzer and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra (2012)
  • Kurt Elling NZ tour with Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra (2012)
  • Patti Austin NZ tour with Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra (2012)
  • NZ Brass Festival with Rex Richardson and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra


Artistic Director of Manawatu Jazz Festival from 2000 onwards and Artistic Director of Queen’s Birthday Jazz Festival Wellington 2006 onwards.