An ex­cit­ing win for jazz combo

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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.

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