Thurs. December 12, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Geoffrey Keezer Trio feat. Gillian Margot

“On My Way to You, The Geoffrey Keezer Trio featuring Gillian Margot (MarKeez Records), affirms Geoffrey’s status as one of the most innovative, creative pianists working in the jazz modern mainstream today.” - Hot House

GEOFFREY KEEZER

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, 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, Diana Krall, 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. His 2009 album Áurea (ArtistShare) was nominated for a Best Latin Jazz Album GRAMMY® award. 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 latest album On My Way to You (MarKeez Records 2018) 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), and 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.”

GILLIAN MARGOT

Having an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that is deeply rooted in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, Gillian Margot possesses a gift of storytelling and stunning lyrical delivery.

A native of Toronto (Canada), Margot started in jazz the hard-working, old-fashioned way; performing several sets a night and leading a wide variety of

ensembles while emerging as a composer. Her voice can be heard in commercials and in film and television programs, from which it is clear that Ms. Margot feels equally at home in many musical worlds including jazz, R&B, and pop. She offers a stage presence and confidence honed through years of performing major venues on several continents with along list of top-tier talent, which includes rock icon Sting, famed soprano Kathleen Battle, jazz stars Jeremy Pelt and Chris Botti, and GRAMMY-awarded artists Robert Glasper and Geoffrey Keezer, to name a few.

Her critically acclaimed CD, Black Butterfly (2015, Hipnotic Records) is “an impressive album which has her honey-toned voice deliver hints of a young Aretha Franklin... This lady needs to be heard” (L.A. Weekly). Margot’s forthcoming album entitled Power Flower speaks to the singer's passion for diversity and is an artfully crafted set that showcases her multifaceted musicality as a musician, composer, and producer.

“Gillian Margot is a stylist who eschews jazz clichés in favor of an original, interpretive delivery; “soulful and robust – a voice you might say was built like a brick house – but also sensuous ...poised and playful.” (Michael J. West, Music Journalist)


“Mr. Keezer is the kind of straight-ahead piano player you wish for: multifaceted, responsive, constantly sifting through colors and shapes, bursting with a personal and sincere enthusiasm.” - The New York Times
“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.” - Sting
“The first thing that has to be said about Keezer is that his piano technique is almost unrivaled. Art Tatum and the great classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz come to mind as competitors.” - All About Jazz
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