Tuesday, September 20 | 7:00 p.m.
Fall 2016 Concert Series
With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, 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).
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. But 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.
“Regardless of context or style, Geoffrey Keezer is equally comfortable in all-acoustic settings and those requiring more contemporary use of electronics. Consistently inventive and virtuosic, Keezer is, above all, unfailingly musical.”—All About Jazz
“Joe Locke on vibes and Geoffrey Keezer on piano and keyboards fire acoustically brilliant virtuoso runs at each other with dazzling ability and sensitivity” – 100 Greatest Jazz Albums
Master of Slack Key Guitar, he was called “[t]he st slack key guitar player on the planet!” by the gendary Willie Nelson. One of Hawai’i's premier singer/songwriters, arrangers, and composers, he was e of Hawai’i's first recording artists to integrate awaiian chants and instruments into contemporary usic; he has produced over a dozen recordings. He was nominated for a Grammy in Hawaiian Music and was honored with a Nā Hōkū (Hawaii’s Grammy) Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other Awards. His well of talent springs from five generations of one of Hawai‘i’s most illustrious and beloved musical families. Keola will be joined by his wife and hula master Moanalani Beamer, performing hula.
“The best slack-key guitar player on the planet.”—Willie Nelson
Widely considered to be one of the major voices of his instrument, he has performed and recorded with a diverse range of notable musicians, including Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, The Beastie Boys, the Münster Symphony Orchestra and the Lincoln, Nebraska Symphony. Long known to be a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range, it was not until the last decade that he emerged as the composer, band leader and conceptualist that he is considered today. Live in Seattle, by The Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group, won the 2006 Ear Shot award for “Concert of the Year”. In 2016 he was honored with the induction into the Music Hall of Fame of his home town Rochester, NY.
“Joe Locke has become an increasingly ambitious, interesting and important figure in the jazz world.”—Buffalo News
“Not only has he mastered an instrument that has catapulted only a handful of players to the forefront of modern jazz – but he has done so in a way that transcends mere technique and establishes him as a unique and adventurous musical voice.” —San Francisco Bay Guardian
She is the rarest sort of singer – the kind that makes people sit up and listen. She has an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that is deeply rooted in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, yet she possesses a gift of storytelling and emotionally intelligent lyrical delivery that is refreshingly free of “jazz singer” clichés. Leading a wide variety of ensembles, she also studied under jazz legends including Oscar Peterson, Freddy Cole, and Norman Simmons, and has performed with artists worldwide, including rock icon Sting, famed soprano Kathleen Battle, jazz voice Kevin Mahogany, New York trumpet star Jeremy Pelt, the Strickland Brothers, and now multiple award-winning pianist, Geoffrey Keezer. Trained as a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and dancer, Ms. Margot feels equally at home in the musical worlds of jazz, R&B and pop, her new album Black Butterfly speaks to the singer’s passion for diversity and is an artfully crafted set that showcases her multifaceted musicality.
“A rich, clear and earthy voice that was both rhythmic and free. . . . Strong in voice yet vulnerable in spirit, conversant and still melodic as she delivered the lyrics of resignation. . . . This lady needs to be heard.”—Jazz Weekly (Los Angeles)Back to Concerts