Winnipeg-raised keyboardist and composer Joel Visentin has been a staple of the Toronto music scene for many years.

Having led the soul-jazz organ trio JV’s Boogaloo Squad since 2015, Visentin now has a new project in partnership with drummer, composer and fellow Winnipeg export Curtis Nowosad. The new duo is called Jester Champwick, and they’ve been taking some of their favourite songs from the ’60s and reinterpreting them with modern synth-jazz arrangements.

Visentin spoke with us about his and Nowosad’s long-standing friendship and about their project that’s years in the making.