Desert Island Jazz
Geoffrey Keezer (2004)

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eoffrey Keezer was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA on November 20, 1970. Born into a musical family, with both parents teaching music, he began studying piano at the age of three. In 1989, at the age of 18, after completing his first year at the Berklee College of Music, Geoffrey joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Since then, Geoffrey has worked with virtually all of the living legends of jazz and has appeared on countless recordings both as a leader and as an accompanist.
His professional career has spanned many projects and genres. In 1992 Geoffrey performed Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the direction of John Mauceri. In addition to his 11 solo releases and constant touring, Geoffrey has also had compositions commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Saint Joseph Ballet, Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, and was a recipient of Chamber Music Americaís 2007 New Works grant. He has also played bass in a rock band and contributed artwork to David Mack's comic "Kabuki".
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Phineas Newborn jr A World of Piano Cheryl (OJC)
# 2 Weather Report Black Market Black Market (Columbia)
# 3 Maurice Ravel Martha Argerich with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado Piano Concerto in G Major (Deutsche Grammophon)
# 4 Keola Beamer Kolonahe: From the Gentle Wind Ku'u Lei Awapuhi (Dancing Cat Records)
# 5 Christian McBride Vertical Vision Tahitian Pearl (Warner Bros)
# 6 Wayne Shorter Phantom Navigator Flagships (Columbia)
# 7 The Beatles Let It Be Across the Universe (Capitol)
# 8 Hank Jones Tiptoe Tapdance It's Me, O Lord (OJC)
         
Book J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy
         
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