Aurora Cultural Centre Presents
Joe Sealy & Paul Novotny
Supporting Act: Thompson Egbo-Egbo
Trinity Anglican Church
79 Victoria Street, Aurora
6:45 pm Doors Open
7:30 pm Concert
Toronto based jazz legend Joe Sealy is joined by long-time collaborator Paul Novotny on bass for a special piano concert supported by Thompson Egbo-Egbo with an opening set. An Order of Canada recipient, Joe won a JUNO Award for his Africville project that captured an enormous piece of Canada’s Black Cultural history.
“Boundless musical curiosity and inventiveness is what continues to drive Egbo-Egbo creatively”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
JOE SEALY & PAUL NOVOTNY
Joe Sealy and Paul Novotny are celebrated Canadian musicians and composers. Their journey together as a piano and bass duo began in 1989 with their first co-led recording titled Double Entendre, on which they arranged and performed originals and standard songs from the Great American songbook. Their timeless recordings have achieved international acclaim, several Juno nominations, and a Juno Award for Joe Sealy’s iconic Africville Suite in 1996. Their piano and bass duo concert repertoire continues to evolve while it remains rich with visceral emotion and melodies that invite the audience to immerse themselves in the moment.
Sealy and Novotny recently performed Joe’s Africville Stories at Toronto’s Meridian Hall while opening for the Grammy Award winning jazz bassist Christian McBride who performed his Afro-American music suite titled The Movement Revisited.
Thompson Ego-Egbo, a Nigerian-born Canadian jazz pianist, embarked on his musical journey at the age of six after moving to Toronto with his family. He honed his skills at Toronto’s Humber College, specializing in Jazz Performance, and later furthered his education at Boston’s Berklee College of Music with the support of partial scholarships and generous benefactors.
Ego-Egbo later expanded his expertise into production and sound design, adding depth to his musical repertoire. In 2014, he unveiled his debut solo album, “Short Stories,” which marked a significant milestone in his career.
Dedicated to fostering artistic development, Ego-Egbo established the Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation, a program in the Jane/Finch neighborhood that teaches composition to children. With a remarkable journey from childhood beginnings to international acclaim, Thompson Ego-Egbo’s commitment to jazz and music education continues to inspire.
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