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Rodger Fox Jazz Ensemble Special guests Ray Woolf and Erna Ferry

Mister Show Biz - RAY WOOLF meets NZ's Iconic Jazz Artist - RODGER FOX alongside Vivacious Jazz/Blues Singer - ERNA FERRY

Mulled Wine Concerts - Kapiti's vibrant concert organisation headed by pianist Mary Gow will put on a special event to kick off their 2019 season. The Summer Special concert featuring giants of the New Zealand music scene will happen at the historic St Peter's Hall in Paekakariki on Saturday 26 January 2019. Mary Gow is upbeat - "We have had to move for this concert only - it is a great venue  and is even closer to the centre of the village" she says.

The concert will feature an evening of great music, featuring Ray Woolf, Rodger Fox and his ensemble with Erna Ferry. 

Ray Woolf was born in Dagenham, Essex and the Woolf family came to New Zealand in 1962. Within a month, the singer came to the attention of Eldred Stebbing and shortly after he toured NZ in support of UK singer Helen Shapiro. “It all happened very very fast,” says Woolf. “Within a matter of months I was part of the NZ music scene.” His appeal crosses generations with a musical CV that includes pop, rock, soul, cabaret and jazz, while his television career ranges from drama and soap opera to fronting Play School and his own talk show. Mums, dads and grandparents love him and even those with little interest in music will remember him as the guy with Howard Morrison on the Bic television ads. In 1980 he began his association with musical theatre starring in Hans Christian Anderson, The Music Man, The Sound Of Music (100 performances so far) New Rocky Horror Show, West Side Story, A Slice Of Saturday Night, Blood Brothers, Golf the Musical and later this year the King in The King and I. Recent TV credits include: The Strip, Shortland Street, Orange Roughies, Interrogation, Nothing Trivial, St. Legal and Xena.

For 43 years Rodger Fox and his big band have set the benchmark for jazz in New Zealand. Unlike many jazz musicians who’ve gone offshore, Rodger has stayed here to offer his gift of performance, arranging, administration, conducting and teaching. The Mulled Wine concert will see Rodger lead his select jazz ensemble, playing his dynamic solos and leading the music. Erna Ferry is a vivacious, fun and sparkling jazz/blues singer with a great stage personality. She has the ability to grab the audience and make them hers. Whether she is singing a slow sultry ballad or belting out a swinging blues, you are in no doubt that Erna is giving the song her utmost.

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