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Patti McCoy in concert

Jazz pianist Patti McCoy will be giving a benefit concert on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 88-7716 or at the Havurah office at 185 N. Mountain Avenue in Ashland.

Rabbi David Zaslow says, "Patti is one of the most amazing jazz and gospel pianists you will ever hear. She is one of a kind, and the concert promises to be incredible!"

McCoy is known for her soft and soulful touch on the piano. Accompanied by her daughter-in-law Theresa McCoy on drums and Alan Trickel on bass, they will perform a mixture of swing, blues, and gospel.

The concert is being billed as a "family reunion concert" since McCoy's sons Gabriel and Kelly will be the featured vocalists along with her niece Patti Shelton-Cunningham. Rabbi Zaslow will be reading Psalm 67 in Hebrew to a tune that McCoy wrote featuring the vocals of her niece Patty.

Rabbi Zaslow says "Patti is truly a national treasure."

She Appeared on the original Tonight Show by Steve Allen when she was just a teenager. She recorded with Duke Ellington and Mel Torme in the 60's and was the first performer at the now legendary Jazmin's in Ashland in 1977.

In the 1980's she and Rabbi Zaslow recorded four albums of music for children which will be available at the concert along with Patti's gospel albums.

Call (541) 488-7716 or e-mail Shalomrav@aol.com for more information.

"Lord, let my next child be a pianist." This was the prayer of McCoy's mother Frieda. A few years later, at the age of four, this diminutive little girl, from the plains of Eastern Oklahoma, climbed upon the piano bench, stretched her little fingers over the keys and began to make music.

At the age of 12, McCoy was playing with symphony orchestras and a few years later received a scholarship to study piano privately with Edwin Hughes, professor of music at Juilliard. From there, she went to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with dreams of becoming a full blown concert pianist.

But one night another concert was in town, featuring famed jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Patti was in the audience. She never looked back. The next year, the southside of Chicago was her new turf where she learned to play be-bop at the feet of the world's greatest musicians.

McCoy's Recordings include: "Porgy and Bess" w/Duke Ellington and Mel Torme. "The Pat Moran Quartet" (While at Birdland) "This is Pat Moran" w/ virtuoso bassist Scott La Faro. McCoy dropped out of the music scene, moved to Oregon, where sheand her husband Michael raised five children.

Now, she has an exciting new venue. Her latest CD, "Jesus in Paris" encompasses the beauty of jazz, classical and gospel piano styles. Most of the songs were written by McCoy and she's accompanied by some of America's most gifted musicians and gospel singers.

For those who prefer piano straight, McCoy also has a new piano solo cd entitled, "The Gospel Truth."