An exciting win for jazz combo
Leonardo Coghini has done it again.
The Porirua 14-yearold was judged best pianist and was a member of the winning high school combination at the Manawatu International Jazz and Blues Festival held at Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
This follows on from his capturing the Bay City Music Trophy for most outstanding keyboard player at the Tauranga National Jazz Festival at Easter.
Leonardo says it was exciting to be part of an excellent team effort, with his Jazz Tron and the Exploding Armadillo group impressing judges in Palmerston North. Other members include brothers Shaan and Tyaan Singh, James Geluk and Matt Beachen, who also won awards between them.
‘‘This jazz combo is tight,’’ Leonardo says.
‘‘Everyone is talented and some of the best upand-coming musicians.
‘‘I’m fortunate to be part of such a talented group. It was also great to hear from an expert panel of judges to sing the Jazz Tron’s praise and claim we are being watched in the United States.
‘‘We’re an improving unit, always wanting to get better.’’
He says the members have strong parental support.
‘‘ There is no way I could have done all this by myself,’’ he says.
‘‘ I’m lucky to be standing on the shoulders of giants.’’
One of his favourite pastimes is to play the piano at Pataka, which he hopes to do during school holidays in July.