Welcome to the 2014 International Jazz Festival, the second oldest jazz festival in New Zealand!
For 32 years the festival ran over Queens Birthday weekend but, through popularity and demand, it was decided to expand to the six-day festival we now enjoy. It is now a week long event that everyone can get involved in, whether you are a seasoned jazz enthusiast, just beginning to learn what it's all about, or a complete stranger to these vibrant styles of music.
Our Mission Statement
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Rodger Fox is known as New Zealand's top Jazz Trombonist, bandleader and as a talented arranger. Through his work as the leader of the Rodger Fox Big Band he has performed at the Montreaux, Monterey and Wichita Jazz Festivals in the USA along with 2 performances at the International Association of Jazz Educator Convention in Chicago and Los Angeles.
The Big Band has also performed with many of the great jazz artists such as Louie Bellson, Arturo Sandoval, Bill Cunliffe, Bob Sheppard, Bobby Shew, Joe Williams, Lanny Morgan,Don Rader, Bruce Paulson, Bill Reichenbach, Buddy De Franco, Chuck Findley, Dave Weckl, John Scofield, Tom Harrell and Gregg Bissonette to name but a few.
For the past 30 years Rodger Fox and Associates have presented some of the biggest names in jazz throughout the country. Rodger is also the founder of the Wellington Jazz Orchestra.
Rodger will, of course, be performing at the festival so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see him in action!
President of the Manawatu Jazz Club and Convenor of the Festival Cafe Scene.
The Manawatu Jazz Club
The President and Committee of the Manawatu Jazz Club are involved in developing the festival in coordination with Festival Director Rodger Fox. The club is responsible for organisation of sound and local production, and for the planning and organisation of the Cafe Scene event.