The immense musicality of the late Joey DeFrancesco lives on not just in his recordings, but in our hearts.

One person for whom that is especially true is Robi Botos. The two keyboardists became good friends many years ago, bonding not only over their shared love of music and their simpatico musicianship but also as people, thanks in large part to the welcoming, generous nature of DeFrancesco, who was once an idol to a young Botos.

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Botos and a cast of top-flight Toronto jazz musicians will pay tribute to DeFrancesco in a Sound of Jazz concert at Lula Lounge to honour the late, great multi-instrumentalist, who died last year at 51.

Ahead of the show, Botos joined us to talk about the legacy of Joey DeFrancesco.