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WJO USA Tour! By Alexis French

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About WJO USA Tour!

Project 2012-05-08 02:03:04 +1200

Who we are:

Established in 2009, Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of New Zealand's finest jazz talent; both established artists and up-and-comers swell the ranks of what is arguably New Zealand's finest Big-band. 

Personnel: Music Director: Rodger Fox; Trumpets: Alexis French (L), Sebastian Soldzrynski (L), Ben Hunt, Chris Selley; Saxes: Alex Nyman (L), Colin Hemmingsen, Hayden Hockly, Mike Isaacs, Andre Paris; Trombones: Chris Fox (L), Damian Forlong, Kurt Gibson, Dean Scott; Rhythm: Anita Schwabe (Piano), Nick Granville (Guitar), Nick Tipping (Bass), Lance Philip (Drums)

What we do:

2012 has been a big year for the band so far. Building on the critical success of their Tui award-winning album “Journey Home”, the band has toured with Grammy award winner Kurt Elling, Grammy nominee and Jazz royalty Patti Austin, as well as the marvelous Eric Marienthal. Rounding out the programme for the year will be concerts with Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Bill Reichenbach, and Steve Smith.  

Our Goal:

In addition to playing these concerts, Rodger and the band have set themselves the impressive goal of recording in the hallowed halls of Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Capitol Studios is the birthplace of the some finest albums in recorded music history. From Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr. to Everclear and the GooGoo Dolls... With your help, we can add Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra and “The Capitol Sessions” to this impressive lineup!

What we need and how YOU can help:

Finding the funds to take twenty people to the United States for two weeks to record and perform is a big task; the overall bill comes in at nearly $85,000. The band have already raised nearly $60,000 over the last 12 months for this project through concerts, workshops, and tours, as well as their own personal contributions. With only 7 weeks to go, they urgently need help finding the last $25,000. This is where you come in! For as little as $15, you can be part of this mammoth effort to send 20 talented and hard-working musicians to the birthplace of Jazz.


With great thanks, 

Rodger Fox and The Wellington Jazz Orchestra




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    We did it!!!

    12:33AM Tue 12/06/12 on WJO USA Tour!

    At 1038 this morning, we reached our target of $12000! Thanks to everyone for their help! 

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    Last days...

    04:06AM Mon 11/06/12 on WJO USA Tour!

    Well folks, it's down to the last 4 days!

    Thank you all so much for your support so far! the last 26 days have seen us raise nearly $8,500! Now we need your help to get the last $3,500. If you've already pledged, please forward this page on to anyone you think might be able to help. If you haven't, even as little as $5 makes a difference, and is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,
    Rodger Fox, and The WJO

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