Bruce Mason Centre: The Big Drum Off

Date: March 11th, 2023

Where: Bruce Mason Centre

Celebrating half a century of jazz excellence, “New Zealand’s finest big band alive” (All About Jazz) presents a concert to remember alongside a spectacular guest ‘drum-off’ between three of the world’s greatest drummers.

New Zealand jazz legend Rodger Fox continues to wow audiences and collaborate with outstanding musicians here and the world over. His reputation as our foremost trombonist, an acclaimed producer and timeless big band leader makes this anniversary jam a very special occasion. As an extra treat, he’ll be joined by international drumming all-stars Dennis Chambers, Gregg Bissonette and Peter Erskine. The combined power of these three incredible drumming talents in tandem with Fox’s classic big band sound is not to be missed.

About the Drummers

Dennis Chambers is a drumming legend who has recorded and performed with artists such as Santana, Steely Dan, Parliament/Funkadelic, John Scofield, The Jacksons, The Brecker Brothers, Victor Wooten, Mike Stern, and many others. Dennis is mostly known for his ability to perform with impeccable and funky timing in virtually any style, as well as his fast chops – but he’s perhaps most noted for his jazz-fusion, funk and Latin music playing.

Gregg is an American jazz and rock drummer. He has played on albums by dozens of artists, including David Lee Roth’s first three solo albums. Drummer with Ringo Starr “All-star” Band and has performed with Maynard Ferguson.

Peter has appeared on 700 albums and film scores and has won 2 Grammy Awards plus an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee School of Music. He has played with Weather Reports, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Pat Metheny and the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson big band.

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