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Don't Miss the 2019 New Zealand Jazz Gala Tour

Don't Miss the 2019 New Zealand Jazz Gala Tour

Featuring renowned rock drummer Gregg Bissonette, vocalist Glenn Walters, and UK Trumpet Star Louis Dowdeswell in concert with the Rodger Fox Big Band

Gregg Bissonette is the drummer behind Maynard Ferguson, David Lee Roth, and Ringo Star’s Allstar Band. One of his earliest recordings was Brandon Field's The Other Side of the Story in 1985, which featured David Garfield on keyboards. A few years later Bissonette started playing rock, Latin, and jazz shows at Los Angeles' Baked Potato jazz club with Field, Garfield, and Steve Lukather on guitar and John Peña on bass as Los Lobotomys. From 1985-1992, Bissonnette served as the drummer for former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, notably appearing on the Eat 'Em And Smile and Skyscraper albums and tours.

In 1990 and 1993, Bissonette released drum videos Private Lesson and Playing, Reading & Soloing with a Band, respectively. Private Lesson covered a variety of topics including double bass drumming, rudiments (featuring a backsticking technique from the snare drum solo Tornado by Mitch Markovich), playing with a metronome and brushes, and more.

In late 1995, Toto was about to embark on theirTambu tour when new drummer Simon Phillips developed back problems and was asked Bissonette to fill in for him during the tour's first leg. Bissonette also played drums on one track of Santana's multi-platinum album Supernatural and in 2017 he recorded on the album La La Land by Daniel Glen Timms.

Louis Dowdeswell first caught the ear of the jazz/big band audience through his YouTube channel has amassed more than 3.5 millions views and is the most popular big band channel on the site. Since then Louis has performed with artists such as Al Jarreau, Michael Buble, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Sheridan Smith, Peter Andre, Hamish Stuart, Josh Groban, Seal, Alfie Bowe, Michael Ball, Brendan Cole, and many more. His TV credits involve playing on the X Factor as part of the big band, Tonight at the Palladium, Michael Buble at the BBC and Children in Need, to name a few. Orchestras he has been involved with include the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, English National Orchestra, and the English Session Orchestra, while his West End musical credits include Aladdin, Beautiful, Wicked, Big the Musical, Elf the Musical, Motown, Guys and Dolls, Barnum, High Society, Dance ’till Dawn, Last Tango and 42nd Street.
Glenn Walters has long been respected as a “musician’s singer” and workhorse of the ad-jingle industry in San Francisco. Former lead singer with the The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils and The Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra is showcased on several CDs. He performs regularly with the Ray Charles Project and has recorded on a CD produced by Doc Kupka, baritone saxophone player from Tower of Power.

Tour Schedule

May 26:  Wellington, Memorial Theatre Victoria University –

May 29:  Auckland, Bruce Mason Centre –

May 30:  Christchurch, Aurora Centre –

May 31:  Upper Hutt Expressions Arts Centre –

June 01:  Palmerston North, Regent Theatre –

June 02:  Napier, Century Theatre –

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