Rodger Fox’s Jazz Gala for 2019 features master drummer Gregg Bissonette, trumpeter Louis Dowdeswell and vocalist Glenn Walters. It’s always a good show with Fox and crew. And these are some great musicians indeed. (Full notes on each featured played below).
Get out and support the NZ Jazz Gala. On tour with full shows and Bissonette drum clinics from May 26 until June 1.
See here for all details, dates and ticket links.
Gregg Bissonette – drummer for the Maynard Ferguson, David Lee Roth and Ringo Star’s Allstar Band. One of Bissonette’s first recordings was Brandon Field’s ‘The Other Side of the Story’ recorded in 1985 featuring David Garfield on keyboards. This led to Bissonnette performing regularly alongside Field, Garfield, Steve Lukather on guitar and John Peña on bass as Los Lobotomys. These shows took place at the Baked Potato, an iconic jazz club and restaurant in Los Angeles, known for it’s diverse range of visiting musicians. 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 Lessoncovers 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, brushes, and more.
In late 1995, Toto was beginning their Tambu tour when new drummer Simon Phillips developed back problems. Phillips asked Bissonette to fill in for him during the tour’s first leg. Bissonette played drums on one track of Santana‘s multi-platinum album ‘Supernatural.’. In 2017, Bissonette recorded on the album La La Land by Daniel Glen Timms.
Louis Dowdeswell – UK Trumpet Artist first caught the ear of the jazz/big band audience through his YouTube channel which has amassed more than 3.5 million 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. 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 – Vocalist from San Francisco is long respected as a “musician’s singer” and workhorse of the ad-jingle industry in San Francisco. Former lead – singer with the The Hoodoo ERhythm Devils and The Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra is showcased on several CD’s. As performs with the Ray Charles Project and has recorded on a CD produced by Doc Kupka baritone saxophone player from the famed band Tower of Power.
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