Kathy Kosins and John di Martino play the Garde's Oasis Room tonight

Jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins

Whichever jazz fan thought to place vocalist Kathy Kosins and pianist John di Martino on the same stage at the same time is a booking visionary.

Both artists are fluidly familiar with the traditional songbook and, at the same time, each has a penchant for exotic rhythms - Kosins' work demonstrates a clear affection for R&B while di Martino experiments with salsa and Afro-Cuban material.

What, then, can fans expect when the pair perform tonight in the Garde's Oasis Room? Well, maybe not what you'd expect.

Yes, the two artists will perform together and it should be intuitively great. But a part of the evening's presentation includes an onstage painting exercise by Kosins where she will complete a canvas inspired by di Martino's performance.

The finished painting will then be auctioned off - similar to the work being done by the New London indie rock duo, Pocket Vinyl.

Very cool.

- RICK KOSTER

Kathy Kosins and John di Martino, 7:30 tonight, Oasis Room, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; $38; (860) 444-7373, gardearts.org.

Pianist John di Martino
Pianist John di Martino
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