Kapiti’s Funky Pi­geons fly to gold in na­tional youth jazz

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Porirua jazz pi­ano prodigy Leonardo Cogh­ini won two ma­jor awards at the Na­tional Youth Jazz Com­pe­ti­tion in Tau­ranga last week.

Leonardo won the tro­phy for most out­stand­ing pi­anist and most out­stand­ing young mu­si­cian, while his Kapiti Col­lege jazz band The Funky Pi­geons re­ceived a gold grad­ing.

The 15-year-old has been play­ing pi­ano/key­board for seven years. The group of five boys, aged 14 to 16, has been play­ing to­gether since Novem­ber, and con­tested in the com­bos sec­tion dur­ing the two days of com­pe­ti­tion.

Leonardo said the best part of the event was get­ting to the per­for­mance and play­ing in front of peo­ple. He was ‘‘ stoked’’ to win the awards but said the team had worked hard to get there.

‘‘It was pretty in­tense the last two weeks lead­ing up to the com­pe­ti­tion. There was a lot of prac­tice.’’

He also got to meet Grammy-award win­ning jazz singer Patti Austin on the final night of the com­pe­ti­tion. His band­mate Tyaan Singh, 15, won the tro­phy for best sax­o­phon­ist. Tyaan said the pair started The Funky Pi­geons to en­ter jazz com­pe­ti­tions in Welling­ton, Tau­ranga and Manawatu.

‘‘Last year we did all the com­pe­ti­tions, and we needed a band for this year,’’ he said.

They were joined by friends Coady Pfeiler, 14, on drums, Sam Sneyd, 15, on gui­tar, and Daniel Mac­der­maid, 16, on bass gui­tar.

Tyaan said the award was a re­sult of lots of prac­tice.

‘‘We prac­tised once a week from De­cem­ber, and three to four days in the weeks lead­ing up,’’ he said.

‘‘We spent months prac­tis­ing over and over and over again [ but] it’s eas­ier to prac­tise with a band from col­lege.’’

The boys thanked their band leader, Hay­den Hock­ley, for or­gan­is­ing the prac­tices.

More than 200 young mu­si­cians com­peted in the Na­tional Youth Jazz Com­pe­ti­tion, with 12 awards given out but only four gold awards. The next step for The Funky Pi­geons will be the New Zealand School of Mu­sic Jazz Fes­ti­val in Au­gust.

Leonardo and Tyaan were in col­lege band the Jazz Tronz which won best combo at last year’s Manawatu jazz fes­ti­val high school com­pe­ti­tion.

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