Paul Tobey – It’s Time

Paul Tobey – It’s Time

May 19, 2024

Paul Tobey – Piano

Jazz pianist Paul Tobey makes a comeback after a 20-year hiatus from performing. Severe tendonitis injuries to his forearms put an end to Paul’s touring career. These injuries forced Tobey to table an 8-record deal with the New York label Arkadia Jazz just after his first release earned him a Juno nomination (Canadian Grammy) for Best Traditional Jazz Album in 2004.

Esteemed in the jazz community, Tobey made his mark internationally, appearing on stages like the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Yokohama Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall, to name but a few. He’s recorded with the  “who’s who” of Canadian jazz players – many familiar names appear on his previous 6 albums.

It’s been a two-decade road to recovery! And Paul chose to return with a solo album titled It’s Time. This album was recorded on his beloved 7-foot grand piano, a German Ibach.  Recorded in his home studio in Niagara-on-the-Lake, it is also from this studio that Paul ‘Livestreams’ on his YouTube channel called “JazzMentl”. His videos have already garnered over 60 thousand watch hours & 1 million views in 24 months. He’s attracted a jazz community of over 14 thousand jazz musicians from around the world.

Paul has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Jazz Album of the Year, Pianist of the Year, and the IAJE Award for Service to Jazz Education. His creative endeavors have also been financially supported by several Canadian government organizations such as Canada Council for the Arts, The Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record, Ontario Arts Council, and Canadian Heritage for composing, touring, recording and international development.

Release Date: Friday, June 28th 2024