New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer.
He has performed in concert with some of the biggest names in the business, from the jazz and entertainment world, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton – Thomas, Joe Williams, The Four Tops – Temptations, Gary Grant, Jon Papenbrook, Bill Cunliffe, Holly Hofmann, Kevin Mahogany to name but a few.
Rodger has promoted live concerts with his Big Band in the Global Festival arena, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, The International Association of Jazz Educators Concert 1997 & 1999 and concerts in London, Singapore, Australia, Poland and the USA.
Rodger was winner of the'Tui' for New Zealand Jazz Recording of theYear in 1981, 2000 and 2012 and a finalist in 1984 and 2001. In the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM), for services to music, and he was conferred with an honorary doctorate (DMus) by Massey University in 2005. In the 2022 New Year Honours list, Rodger was promoted to Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), for services to music.