oin us at Jazz Bistro for an exciting original Barry Callaghan “work in progress” performed by Barry Callaghan, Taborah Johnson and Joe Sealy.
BARRY CALLAGHAN, the well-known novelist, poet, and man of letters, is included in every major Canadian anthology, and his fiction and poetry have been translated into seven languages. His works include The Hogg Poems and Drawings, Hogg: The Seven Last Words, The Black Queen Stories, The Way The Angel Spreads Her Wings, When Things Get Worst, A Kiss Is Still A Kiss, Barrelhouse Kings, Between Trains, Beside Still Waters, All The Lonely People: Collected Stories and Raise You On The River: Essays and Encounters. Callaghan’s non-fiction, his essay and encounters, have appeared in three volumed, Raise You Five, Raise You Ten, and Raise You On The River. He has published translations of French, Serbian, and Latvian poetry, and has been writer-in-residence at the universities of Rome, Venice, Bologna, and Mexico City.
Callaghan has been awarded the Foundation For The Advancement of Canadian Letters award for fiction, the City of Toronto Award, seven National Magazine Awards, two President’s Medal Awards for Excellence (NMA), the ACTRA Award for television host of the year, the Pushcart, White, and Lowell Thomas Awards in the U.S., and the inaugural W. O. Mitchell Award for a body of work. Callaghan has also been awarded honorary doctorates by the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the University of Guelph and has recently been inducted into the Order of Canada.
From stages home and abroad to screens large and small Taborah Johnson (also known as Tabby) has been a part of the cultural fibre of Toronto for decades. Be it funking it up with Rick James, dancing the two step with Gene Kelly, or acting alongside Kim Basinger and Michael Douglas, Tabby has enjoyed a rich and fruitful life. A proud working single mom, her journey has taken her ship-bound through the Caribbean Sea to working with special needs students in Bermuda sharing the gift of collaboration. She is the proud holder of an American Music Award, a Gemini nomination, a Dora Mavor Moore nominee, New York Cabaret Award nominee and a NYC Childrens’ Television Award winner.
Joe Sealy has enjoyed a highly successful career as a musician, composer, recording artist and radio broadcaster. His 1997 Juno Award winning Africville Suite inspired Ron Foley MacDonald of The Halifax Daily News to write; “This may be the most important jazz album released in Canada this year”. Joe has presented “The Africville Suite” in concert venues and at music festivals across Canada as well as Denmark, Norway and the USA. As a pianist, he has toured with “Blood Sweat and Tears” and performed with such artists as Joe Williams, Milt Jackson, Veronica Tennant, and Timothy Findlay. As well, Joe and his longtime music partner Paul Novotny have created a unique sounding jazz duo. Together they have released four CD’s, achieved two Juno nominations and shared the concert stage in Montreal & Toronto jazz festivals with Michel Petruciani, Brad Mehldau / Charlie Haden, Red Mitchell / Herb Ellis and the Bobo Stenson Trio.
Besides being president of Triplet Records Inc., Joe has hosted his own weekly radio show “Joe Sealy’s Duets” on Jazz FM 91. Most recently, Joe acted as producer, arranger and pianist on a CD entitled “Mostly About You” featuring vocalist Colin Hunter.