Upper Hutt Music Festival presents

The Jazz Gala Concert

Friday 31 May | 8.00pm


Notice: Whirinaki Whare Taonga is deeply saddened by the passing of Rodger Fox yesterday and acknowledge his great contribution to Big Band Jazz in New Zealand. Our thoughts are with the family and the members of the big band music community.

We will advise as soon as we can whether the concert on Friday night will be proceeding.


The Rodger Fox Big Band with one of the worlds’ pre-eminent jazz guitarists, USA artist Corey Christiansen. Together with internationally acclaimed pianist Matt Harris, trumpet player Clay Jenkins with vocalist Erna Ferry.

The Rodger Fox Big Band has played at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, and concerts in London, Singapore, Australia, Poland and the Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans in 2020 and 2024. Matt Harris on piano has written for and performed with the great Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson Bands. Clay Jenkins joins them on trumpet after concerts with Joe LaBarbera’s Quintet and The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and guitarist Cory Christianson has played with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Danny Gottlieb, Jeff Coffin, James Moody, Steve Houghton, Jeremy Allen.

Together with the Fullerton Big Band from California and Music Director Bill Cunliffe.

Tickets $55 | Booking fees apply to all sales | Bookings required