Jazz duo to entertain at St George’s
Thames jazz duo John Mounsey and Toko Te Aho are set to entertain in a lunchtime concert in Thames on April 27.
Mounsey has always been interested in music with a beat.
A school teacher at Waitakaruru showed him how to improve his style and gradually he developed as a dance pianist, playing mainly for old time dances.
After several years, Mounsey took lessons from Mike Walker, a jazz pianist from a very wellknown musical family of Thames. From there, he found himself playing in dance bands throughout the Thames-Coromandel district.
Toko Te Aho describes Mounsey as his music mentor and the two musicians join together as a jazz duo. Te Aho was born and bred in the Hawkes Bay, but being a lover of the Coromandel region, he raised his family in Whangamata. The pair have a very easy style and enjoy the same sort of music.
Their repertoire consists of classic jazz standards and songs from the 1960s to 1980s. Together, they create a balance of rhythm and timing that makes them feel good, and they hope it will make you feel good too.
Presented by the Thames Music Group, Jazz Duo, John & Toko will perform a variety of jazz duets and piano solos on Friday, April 27, at St Georges Church, at 12:15pm. Entry is free but donations appreciated. See thamesmusicgroup.com.
John Mounsey and Toko Te Aho are set to entertain Thames.