ROBI BOTOS GROUP
Friday, September 16, 10 - 11pm
Trinity Common - 303 Augusta Ave.
NO ADVANCE TIX - $15 cash @ door
Robi Botos - Piano, Mike Downes - Bass, Davide Direnzo - Drums
Hungarian born Romani/Musician Robi Botos was raised in a musical family and is largely self-taught. Robi began his musical career when he was a child, growing up in Budapest, playing drums and percussion. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano - it quickly became apparent that this would be an instrument Robi would truly connect with. Robi immigrated to Canada in 1998 and is now a permanent resident of the country he calls home with his wife and children.
Shortly after coming to Canada, Robi caught the ear of Canadian Jazz great Oscar Peterson and quickly became his protégé. To this day, Robi remains a disciple of Dr. Peterson’s mighty sense of swing and technical virtuosity. Along with this influence, Robi possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian and European Folk and Classical music. This fusion of North American Bebop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz along with the deep tradition of Folk music in Eastern Europe and Romantic Classical music, has formulated a sound and approach that is formidable and unsurpassed. Many of Jazz’s greatest musicians consider Robi to be one of the few young leaders on the piano worldwide. Musicians from Branford Marsalis to Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, and many more consider Robi to be one of the greats on the instrument.
Robi and his quartet album are the 2016 Juno Award Winner for Best Jazz Album and (as of last night!) the 2016 SOCAN Hagood Hardy Award Winner for best jazz/instrumental composer.