Geoffrey Dean

Geoffrey Dean

Musicians | Instrument: Piano | Location: Washington

Updated: January 27, 2024

Dr. Geoffrey Dean is a jazz pianist, composer, author and educator currently performing in the Washington DC area. His music spans the entire genre of jazz – from blues and hard bop influences to classical music, R&B and modern jazz.

Geoffrey Dean currently performs and teaches in the Northern Virginia/DC region. His newest jazz quartet album "Foundations" featuring Harish Raghavan on Bass, Dr. Eric Binder on Drums, and Justin Copeland on Trumpet can be found streaming everywhere as well as on CD and vinyl. Dr. Dean has recently authored an educational book on how to play modern jazz piano titled “Kenny Kirkland’s Harmonic and Rhythmic Language: A Model For The Modern Jazz Pianist”. It can be purchased at kennykirkland.com as well as the Jamey Aebersold website at jazzbooks.com

Dr. Dean has additionally contributed as an author for the Masterclass series in Downbeat Magazine. He has recorded and performed with notable jazz musicians across the globe including Terrell Stafford, Greg Tardy, Steve Turre, and many others. 

Dr. Dean has performed across the country while educating students in the university setting over the last decade. Dean completed his Undergraduate studies at the Berklee College Of Music, a Masters of Jazz Studies at the University of Tennessee, and his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Dean directed the Charleston School Of The Arts Jazz Program in 2020-2022 before returning to perform and teach in the DC region. 

 


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Geoffrey Dean Quartet: Foundations

Read "Foundations" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Foundations is a generally swinging debut recording by Washington, DC-based pianist and educator Geoffrey Dean's quartet. The studio date pays tribute to the groundwork laid by its storied predecessors, especially those steeped in the hard bop movement that helped change the course of jazz, well before Dean or his sidemen were born. The album consists of seven relatively unsung compositions by Sam Rivers, Sonny Clark, Duke Pearson, Elmo Hope, Peter Bernstein and Andrew Hill, and two others--Miles ...

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Washington D.c. Based Jazz Pianist Geoffrey Dean Releases His New Quartet Album 'Foundations' Featuring Harish Raghavan, Justin Copeland, Eric Binder

Washington D.c. Based Jazz Pianist Geoffrey Dean Releases His New Quartet Album 'Foundations' Featuring Harish Raghavan, Justin Copeland, Eric Binder

Source: Scott Thompson Public Relations

Dr. Geoffrey Dean is a jazz pianist, composer, author and educator currently performing in the Washington D.C. area. Dean has recorded and performed with notable jazz musicians across the globe including Terell Stafford, Steve Turre, Greg Tardy, and many others. Dr. Dean recently published an educational book on jazz harmony titled Kenny Kirkland's Harmonic and Rhythmic Language: A Model For The Modern Jazz Pianist. Dean has also contributed as an author on modern jazz piano approaches for the Masterclass series ...

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Geoffrey Dean Quartet Debut 'Foundations' Drops February 2, 2024

Geoffrey Dean Quartet Debut 'Foundations' Drops February 2, 2024

Source: Scott Thompson Public Relations

Washington D.C.-based jazz pianist Geoffrey Dean releases his new quartet album Foundations featuring the great Harish Raghavan on bass as well as Justin Copeland on trumpet, and Eric Binder on drums. Dr. Geoffrey Dean is a jazz pianist, composer, author and educator currently performing in the Washington DC area. Dean has recorded and performed with notable jazz musicians across the globe including Terell Stafford, Steve Turre, Greg Tardy, and many others. Dr. Dean recently published an educational book on jazz ...

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From: Foundations
By Geoffrey Dean