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About Geoffrey

gk_profileWith his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, multiple GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Whether recording with jazzy chanteuses Diana Krall or Dianne Reeves, touring with trumpet king Chris Botti, or collaborating with pop icon Sting, sax legend Wayne Shorter, guitar wizard Jim Hall, star bassist Christian McBride or vibes master Joe Locke, Geoffrey “has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole” (Time Magazine).

A native of Eau Claire, WI, Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Joshua Redman, Benny Golson and Ray Brown in his 20s. More recently he has toured with David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; worked with vocalist Denise Donatelli on projects garnering three GRAMMY® nominations, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions. Perhaps the most exciting turn in Geoffrey’s career is his recent focus on solo piano and his first solo release in thirteen years, Heart of the Piano (2013, Motema Records). On a mission to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, Keezer brings to Heart of the Piano his most direct and focused artistry to date.

Geoffrey Keezer’s singular style of intellectually abstract lyricism woven over exotically complex rhythms and harmonies makes him one of the most sought-after artists on the modern jazz scene. Regardless of the nature of his projects, from solo to duo to quartet, from bandleader to big band, from post bop jazz to electronica to global fusion, from composer to arranger, Geoffrey delivers music from the heart of the piano to the ear–and heart–of the listener.

 

Appreciation

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Selected Discography

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As a leader
  • Heart of the Piano (2013 – Motéma)
  • Signing (2012 – Motéma)
    Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group
  • Via (2011 – Origin)
    Storms/Nocturnes
  • Mill Creek Road (2011 – SBE)
    Geoffrey Keezer & Peter Sprague Band
  • Áurea (2009 – ArtistShare)
  • The Near Forever (2009)
    Montre Echo
  • Yasukatsu Oshima w/Geoffrey Keezer [Import](2007 – Victor)
  • Live In Seattle (2006 – Origin)
    Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group
  • Wildcrafted: Live at the Dakota (2005 -MaxJazz)
  • Sublime: Honoring the Music of Hank Jones (2003 – Telarc)
    Geoffrey Keezer w/Kenny Barron, Chick Corea,
    Benny Green & Mulgrew Miller

 

  • Falling Up (2003 – MaxJazz)
  • Rising Tide (2003 – Sirocco Jazz)
    Storms/Nocturnes
  • Storms/Nocturnes (2002 – Sirocco Jazz)
    Storms/Nocturnes
  • Zero One (2000 – Dreyfus)
  • Turn Up the Quiet (1997 – Sony)
  • For Phineas [Live] – (1996 – Sackville)
    Harold Mabern & Geoffrey Keezer
  • Trio (1995 – Sackville)
    Geoff Keezer/Steve Nelson/Neil Swainson
  • Other Spheres [Import] (1993 – DIW)
  • World Music (1992 – DIW)
  • Here & Now (1991 – Somethin’ Else)
  • Curveball (1990 – Sunnyside)
  • Waiting in the Wings (1989 – Sunnyside)

 

Selected Discography

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As a sideman

Keola Beamer

  • Mohala Hou (2003 – ‘Ohe Records)
  • Keola Beamer & Raiatea (2010 – ‘Ohe Records)

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

  • One For All (1990 – A&M)
  • Chippin’ In (1990 – Timeless)

Chris Botti

  • Impressions (2012 – Columbia)

Ray Brown

  • Some of My Best Friends Are…Guitarists (2002 – Telarc)
  • Walk On (2000 – Telarc)
  • Some of My Best Friends Are…The Trumpet Players (2000
    – Telarc)
  • Live At Starbucks (1999 – Telarc)
  • Christmas Songs With the Ray Brown Trio (1999 – Telarc)
  • Summertime (1998 – Telarc)
  • Some of My Best Friends Are…The Piano Players (1995 –
    Telarc)

Contemporary Piano Ensemble

  • Key Players (1993 – Sony BMG)
  • Four Pianos for Phineas (1989 – Evidence)

Denise Donatelli

  • Soul Shadows (2012 – Savant)
  • When Lights Are Low (2010 – Savant)
  • What Lies Within (2008 – Savant Records)

Art Farmer

  • Silk Road (1996 – Arabesque)
  • The Meaning of Art (1995 – Arabesque)
  • The Company I Keep (1994 – Arabesque)
  • Live at Sweet Basil (1992 – Evidence)
  • Soul Eyes (1991 – Enja)

Tim Garland

  • Made by Walking (2000 – Concord)

Benny Golson

  • Many Moods of Benny Golson (2007 – Arkadia)
  • One Day, Forever (2001 – Arkadia Jazz)
  • Tenor Legacy (1998 – Arkadia Jazz)

 

Jim Hall

  • Free Association (2005 – ArtistShare)
  • Down Beat Critic’s Choice (2002 – Telarc)
  • Panorama: Live at Village Vanguard (1997 – Telarc)

Roy Hargrove

  • Diamond In The Rough (1989 – Novus)

Barbara Hendricks

  • Tribute To George Gershwin: It’s Wonderful (2001 – EMI)

Jazz Messengers

  • Legacy of Art Blakey: Live At The Iridium (1998 – Telarc)

Ingrid Jensen

  • At Sea (2005 – ArtistShare)

Sofia Koutsovitis

  • Sube Azul (2009 – World Village)

Christian McBride

  • Live at Tonic (2006 – Ropeadope)
  • Vertical Vision (2003 – Warner Bros.)

Charnett Moffett

  • Planet Home (1994 – Evidence)

Jane Monheit

  • Taking a Chance on Love (2004 – Sony)

Leonard Patton

  • Expression (2011 – Lenju Music Group)

Dianne Reeves

  • When You Know (2008 – Blue Note)

Tal Wilkenfeld

  • Transformation (2007 – Abstract Logic)

Compilations:

  • Shades of Blue (2009 – Blue Note)
  • Color and Light: Jazz Sketches on Sondheim (1995 – Sony)

 

1. Limelight // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano
  1. 1. Limelight // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano
  2. 2. My Love is Like a Red Red Rose // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano
  3. 3. Come Talk to Me // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano
  4. 4. New York // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano
  5. 5. Still // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano
  6. 6. Suddenly I See // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano
  7. 7. Chirizakura // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano
  8. 8. Lullaby for a Ladybug // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano
  9. 9. Grunion Run // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano
  10. 10. Take Time for Love // Geoffrey Keezer - Heart of the Piano