Join celebrated jazz bassist Paul Novotny, guitarist David Occhipinti and pianist Amanda Tosoff for an afternoon of jazz originals and favourites at Beach United Church on Saturday, February 3rd at 4:30pm.
Tickets are pay-what-you-can, and proceeds support our year-round community programs
At age five, Paul Novotny found the piano-sound to be mesmerizing, then with piano lessons he began his journey into music. During high school Paul played bass, drums, piano and trombone and attended two Stan Kenton jazz workshops. He graduated with a major in graphic arts and is in the hall of honour at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School. This was the first sign of his interdisciplinary approach to the arts. At seventeen Paul began formal music study at Humber College in Toronto and at nineteen he was invited to play bass in the Brian Browne trio. Browne was the 1974 Canadian songwriting award winner — Paul began performing with him five nights a week while learning repertoire from the great American songbook.
Paul has now performed with jazz luminaries Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Kenny Wheeler, Scott Hamilton, Jo-Anne Brackeen, Lynn Arrial, Richard Wyands, Moncef Genoud, Junior Mance, and Don Thompson. He has accompanied singers Roger Whitaker, Molly Johnson, Tabe Johnson, Jackie Richardson, Susannah McCorkle, Trudy Desmond, Alana Bridgewater, Michael Dunston, Carol Welsman, Barbra Lica, and David Clayton Thomas. As a studio bassist, he played on the 2018 platinum selling video game soundtrack Cuphead .For more information on Paul, please visit his website.