Oceanside CA- Oceanside Theatre Company announced the next concert of its Music Series at The Brooks. OTC’s Music Series features an eclectic array of local and national talent, and showcases some of the best live entertainment in the area. Virtuoso jazz pianist, Mikan Zlatkovich, brings his jazz ensemble, JazzMikan Trio +, and his diverse repertoire for one unforgettable evening Saturday, June 28, 2014, at The Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Highway in Oceanside. Zlatkovich has been described as a “master interpreter with an exquisite touch.” Doors open at 6:30 pm for “happy hour.” Show starts at 7:30 pm. All seats $15 individually or $13 for a group of 10 or more people (group tickets are sold at the door). Individual tickets can be purchased at www.oceansidetheatre.org
If you watch Mikan Zlatkovich play the piano, the first thing you will notice is his uncanny mastery of the keyboard – the way he expresses himself with so much confidence, freedom, and creativity. He has the ability, through his strong improvisational skills, to bring his fellow performers, as well as the audience,into the moment, discovering unexpected harmonies, making music that encompasses the essence of what jazz really is.
Among the jazz notables he has performed with are Louis Hayes, Curtis Fuller, Tony Scott, Clifford Jordan, Chet Baker, Ernie Wilkins, Ralph Pendland, Red Holloway, and Charles McPherson.
McPherson describes him as: “. . . a very good musician. What I like most about him is his fire and spirit. He seems to truly have a grasp of the essence of jazz piano.”
Born in Pristina Serbia, Mikan listened to American radio in Eastern Europe as a young child. His father, an amateur guitarist, exposed him to the music of the jazz greats and he was instantly fascinated by the sound. Together they captured this music on reel to reel tapes, which Mikan would then transcribe by ear, picking out the nuances and rhythms in the solos of artists such as Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, and McCoy Tyner. He learned to speak “jazz” through their music until he eventually found his own voice. In the early 90’s, Mikan followed the jazz to New York City where he spent years honing his skills.
Since relocating to the West coast in 1997, Mikan has been a tireless force in the San Diego jazz scene, complementing the talents of fellow resident jazz greats such as Daniel Jackson, Charles McPherson, Marshall Hawkins, Peter Sprague, Gilbert Castellanos, and Bob Magnusson, as well as fronting his own jazz trio. Expressive and inventive, He has also become the accompanist of choice for jazz vocalists.
To listen to sample tracks and get more info on Mikan’s music, visit http://www.jazzmikan.com