In 1976 Sealy went to Toronto where he has worked extended engagements in jazz rooms and lounges (eg, intermittently 1980-3 at Errol's) and served as musical director for a succession of musicals through the 1980s, including Spring Thaw, Indigo, Ain't Misbehavin', More Sweet Reason, One More Stop, Madame Gertrude and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, taking acting roles in several.
Sealy has written scores and/or songs for TV and film, and several themes for jazz group. Of the latter, Sealy has recorded Early Morning Blues, Dumpling, Clear Vision, Playa Caliente, Fat Cat and Distant Shores. An efficient jazz pianist whose style continues to show the influence of his early models, Oscar Peterson and Horace Silver, he has accompanied several leading US musicians in their Canadian appearances, including Buddy DeFranco, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and Joe Williams at Pepe's in Halifax. In 1979 he toured in the USA with David Clayton-Thomas and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Joe Sealy Trio. Sadler (electric) bass guitar, Cahoon drums. 1969. RCI 304
Sailing Home. Palmer alto saxophone, Beckwith double-bass, Cahoon drums. 1976. Solar SAR-2009
Live at Errol's. Amaro tenor saxophone, Fisher voice, Young double-bass, Magadini drums. 1981. Innovation JC-0004
Clear Vision. Young double-bass, Magadini drums. 1981. Sack 4007
Double Entendre. Novotny double-bass. 1989. Sea Jam 1001-2
Also, albums as sideman to Eugene Amaro, Dutch Mason (At the Candlelight), Ivy Steel (Reincarnation, 1980, Innovation JC-0001), etc
Smith, Bill. 'Joe Sealy... Canada,' Coda, Oct 1981
Links to Other Sites
Inside The Music
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Scroll down the page and click on the links to brief biographical notes of recent appointees to the Order of Canada. Click on "Find a Recipient" on the left side of the page to find previous recipients. From the website for the Governor General of Canada.
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