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2 Cups of Joe
Friday Aug 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Joe and Jo, two musicians with diverse and eclectic musical backgrounds, present an intimate evening of jazz, classical gems, tangos and folk tunes.
Jozsef Botos, guitar
Joe Phillips, bass
Guitarist Jozsef Botos is an accomplished performer, who works seamlessly in between classical, jazz and world-music styles. Jozsef is the winner of multiple awards from various International Classical and Jazz Guitar Competitions. He has performed in concerts and festivals across Europe with David Yengibarjan, Elias Meiri Trio, Timna Brauer Ensemble, Guitarist Botos Bros, and many others. Since moving to Toronto in 2011, he has shared the stage with iconic musicians such as Dave Young, Tim Ries, Guido Basso, Pat Labarbera, Robi Botos, Frank Botos, Paul Novotny, George Koller and Kelley Jefferson. Jozsef is also a sought after arranger and has worked in projects such as “ Romani Jazz ”, David Yengibarjan Octet , Elias Meiri Trio , Kristina Bijelic, Guitarist Botos Bros.
Joe Phillips is one of Canada’s most versatile double bassists. He reimagines folk traditions learned from field recordings with banjoist Jayme Stone, accompanies Canadian fiddler Shane Cook, lays down bluegrass bass lines and sings tenor harmonies with the Claire Lynch Band, and struts his stuff with Payadora Tango Ensemble. He’s performed with Canadian jazz musicians such as pianist and composer, David Braid, fellow bassist and cellist Andrew Downing, and violinists Mark Fewer and Drew Jurecka. He also collaborates with Irish-American multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan and performs with Toronto’s genre-defying Art of Time Ensemble. As a classical musician, Joe plays principal bass in London Symphonia and gets to perform with some of the best chamber musicians in the world. Equally at home in a concert hall or at a folk festival, Joe has played at jazz festivals Montreal, Toronto and Halifax, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, and the Savannah Music Festival.
He teaches bass at Western University Don Wright Faculty of Music and is on staff every summer at Algoma Trad Camp on St. Joseph Island, Ontario.
When not touring, Joe lives in London Ontario with his partner and their two children.