Jazz on the menu
Porirua teen pianist Leonardo Coghini performs alongside Pukerua Bay singing teacher and choir director Bridget O’shanassy in two jazz concerts this weekend.
The concerts feature them performing a selection of their favourite tunes, with a chance of surprise performers and audience participation.
The Plimmerton jazz nights are to raise money for two Kapiti College choral groups who are travelling to Cincinnati, United States, in June, to attend the 2012 World Choir Games. Leonardo, 15, will support the jazz choir. ‘‘We wouldn’t be able to do it without him,’’ says group director, Mrs O’shanassy. ‘‘He is as integral as any of the singers.’’ The school choir groups will be the only New Zealand participants in the games, which will host more than 300 choirs from 48 countries.
‘‘We’re not only sort of representing this area, but we’re representing New Zealand,’’ Mrs O’shanassy said.
Proceeds from the concerts will help subsidise the 18-person group’s $40,000 travel expenses, adding to the Christmas-tree sales and car-wash fundraising already done.
Leonardo will receive a share proportionate to his individual efforts. He’s not worried about performing. ‘‘I’m just excited about going to the States,’’ he said.
Jazz gigs, Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 7.30pm: Mana Little Theatre, Plimmerton Pavilion. $20. For bookings, phone: 04 239 9773 or 027 464 9727.
Jazzing up: Leonardo Coghini and singer Bridget O’shanassy jamming in preparation for their fundraising concerts this weekend.