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Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot - Festival of Arts

Uploaded On:  Wednesday April 1, 2020

With 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, 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 Ray Brown, Joshua Redman, Diana Krall, Art Farmer, 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. His 2009 album Áurea was nominated for a Best Latin Jazz Album GRAMMY award. Geoffrey’s 2013 solo piano release Heart of the Piano, seeks to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, while his 2018 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.

In this performance, he is joined by vocalist Gillian Margot, who feels equally at home in the musical worlds of jazz, R&B, and pop.

This performance was originally recorded on August 6, 2016, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.