Jazz on the menu

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JAMES GREEN­LAND

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.

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