Jazz duo to en­ter­tain at St Ge­orge’s

Hauraki Herald - - ANZAC DAY -

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.

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