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by David Bixler
As an 18 year-old, pianist Geoffrey Keezer wowed audiences as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with his prodigious technique and improvisations. Describing his own playing, Keezer says that his natural tendency is to throw in everything but the kitchen sink... all the time." In this episode of LINER NOTES, Keezer talks about his development as a musician over the span of his career as well as the teaching and writing that are occupying his time while he waits ...read more
by Victor L. Schermer
Geoffrey Keezer Trio South Kitchen and Jazz Parlor Philadelphia, PA July 8, 2018 Pianist Geoffrey Keezer is a jazz master who has worked with many of the greats since 1989 when he briefly joined the end game of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He has recorded and played with numerous jazz luminaries including Ray Brown, Art Farmer, Diana Krall, Joshua Redman, and Christian McBride. Recently, he's had signficiant encounters with the likes ...read more
by Bill Leikam
Geoffrey Keezer/Joe Locke Duo Douglas Beach House Half Moon Bay, CA March 13, 2011 There are wonderful, well-produced, rehearsed bands that play the Douglas Beach House (aka Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society), but on occasion, within those gems, a high-caret diamond arrives and astonishes the audience. That's what came down when pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vibraphonist Joe Locke teamed up and landed at the Douglas Beach House on March 13, 2011. The audience was more ...read more
by Robert Bush
Geoffrey Keezer / Peter Sprague BandMill Creek RoadSBE Records2011 Pianist Geoffrey Keezer and guitarist Peter Sprague have combined their considerable musical forces in forming this band, the first fruits of which are available now as Mill Creek Road on Sprague's own SBE Records. They are joined in this effort by the up and coming Los Angeles double bass virtuoso Hamilton Price and the ubiquitous Duncan Moore on drums for this (mostly) quartet ...read more
by R.J. DeLuke
Pianist/composer Geoffrey Keezer has been playing piano since age three and has been on the road since 1989 when he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers after a year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Over the years, he's recorded steadily and played with numerous jazz luminaries including Ray Brown, Diana Krall, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Benny Green, and Mulgrew Miller.But of late, things have changed for Keezer. In a few different ways.read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Geoffrey Keezer has established himself as one of the prime pianists of his day. He is adventurous, but adventure does not take him over the precipice. He plays thoughtfully, even as he gives vent to a rush of notes. Imagination and art work in close cleave. This live recording features Keezer originals, a couple of standards, and songs that have impressed him. That's a nice enough balance, and Keezer's trio brings it to fulfillment.
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by John Kelman
Pianist Geoffrey Keezer's career has consistently delivered on the early promise he displayed when he first emerged on the scene as a precocious nineteen year-old in Art Blakey's last Jazz Messengers. In the past fifteen years he's recorded and/or toured alongside contemporaries Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride, in addition to working with legends like Ray Brown and Art Farmer.
But since the early part of this decade, and with two projects in particular, Keezer has truly emerged from under the ...read more