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Serbian born piano/keyboard virtuoso Mikan Zlatkovich doesn't do a lot of concerts as a leader in San Diego — but when he does, he likes to make them different, and special.

July 15, Zlatkovich will be bringing a trio with electric bassist Dave Curtis and drummer Duncan Moore for his first visit to 98 Bottles. Augmenting that trio will be vocalist Allison Adams Tucker, flute virtuoso Lori Bell and violinist Jamie Shadowlight for an evening of music by Chick Corea, Bill Bruford, and British fusion band Brand-X.

The pianist is primed for this event. "This is difficult material," he says, " I've just been practicing it right now, and it's difficult, for me, to play. I don't want to do straightahead jazz music every night, playing standards. I'd rather do like Ahmad Jamal, play two standards and the rest new material. It's 2012, it's time to move on!"

Zlatkovich will be performing the bulk of the material with just the trio, with the others acting as special guests.

"Allison Adams Tucker, she's going to sing Chick Corea's High Wire, he said, adding, "we're going to do a lot of Chick's songs like Senor Mouse, and other things off Light As A Feather. We are also going to do songs by John Patitucci, and Bill Evans the sax player."

Zlatkovich describes the music as "fusion", but not the loud, rock music type.

"I don't want to scare anyone away," he says laughing, "It's going to be a combination of acoustic and electric. I've never played Chick's music in this context before, as a matter of fact, 30% of this material I've never even played before, I've listened to it, but haven't played it."

Shadowlight and Bell will each get a feature, and do background parts on some of the other material. Zlatkovich sees this as an opportunity to break some new ground.

"I don't like everything McCoy Tyner does," the pianist opined. "Same thing with Oscar Peterson. I play the music I like. If it's new music, fusion, or whatever, if I like it, I'm gonna play that."

I've always been impressed by the pianist's versatility. He can play the hell out of bebop, Latin grooves, modal, fusion--you name it. With material of his own choosing, and a crack trio plus special guests--this is a can't lose proposition.

Concert begins at 7:30. Tickets are $15


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pjaugust July 7, 2012 @ 11:35 p.m.

Sounds like a fun event! Thanks for the heads up.


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