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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. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 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 Ray Brown, Joshua Redman, Art Famer, Benny Golson and Barbara Hendricks in his 20s. More recently he has toured with Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Sting, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; produced and arranged three GRAMMY®-nominated recordings with vocalist Denise Donatelli, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions. Geoffrey’s 2013 solo piano release, Heart of the Piano (Motema Records), seeks to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, while his upcoming album “On My Way To You” is a stunning new set of music featuring his working trio with the addition of guest vocalist Gillian Margot.

Geoffrey’s compositions have been commissioned by the Mainly Mozart Festival, Art of Elán ensemble, Saint Joseph Ballet, Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra and Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. His music can be heard in the films “What Happens in Vegas” and “Inhale”, and in numerous TV shows including “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)”, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “House of Lies” (Showtime), “Casual” (Hulu Original).

Time Magazine wrote, “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”, and pop icon Sting said “In the universe of piano players that I have been exposed to over the years, Geoffrey has proved himself to be not only a superb technician and improviser, but also above and beyond this, a composer and conceptualist who can maintain the overall line and the DNA of the song in everything he plays. A musician’s musician.”

 

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)

Sting & Shaggy

  • 44/876 (2018 – Interscope)

Denise Donatelli

  • Find a Heart (2015 – Savant)

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