Robi Botos has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists of this generation.

From the hard-bop style of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock to the swing of Oscar Peterson and the heartfelt melodic expression of Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton, Botos has managed to master the technique of his idols all while showcasing his musical expressions in a voice that is purely his own.

Ahead of his Sound of Jazz concert with Debi Botos on Thursday, Robi joined us to talk about his early years, the next generation in his musical family, and why music is so important to him.