Geoffrey Keezer Quartet with special guest Joe Locke
Geoffrey Keezer, piano; Joe Locke, vibraphone; Ricardo Rodriguez, bass; Jonathan Blake, drums
Saturday, July 26 | 8 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $40 general | $20 students
By phone: 650.725.ARTS (2787); In Person: Stanford
For more information, go to our Ticketing
“Geoffrey possesses a
refreshingly open-eared sensibility in the modern manner, and he
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
JazzTimes reviewer Harvey Sliders described pianist Geoffrey Keezer
and vibraphonist Joe Locke as “so close in their musical philosophy
that when one itches, the other scratches.” The musical rapport
between these two adventurous improvisers has developed over the course
of years of collaboration as a duet and as co-leaders of the Joe Locke/Geoffrey
Keezer Group, which released the critically-acclaimed album Live in Seattle
in 2006 on Origin music. Keezer, who started his career with Art Blakey’s
Jazz Messengers and has since worked with countless jazz legends, is
an adventurous artist with eclectic influences and dazzling creativity.
In addition to being a world-class jazz pianist, he has performed Gershwin
with an orchestra, collaborated with Okinawan singer Yasukatsu Oshima,
and formed the Afro-Peruvian group Àurea. Joe Locke also has a
diverse musical background, having performed with artists as varied as
Kenny Barron, the Beastie Boys, and Cecil Taylor. They will be joined
by drummer Jonathan Blake and bassist Ricardo Rodriguez, both members
of Locke’s newest group “Force of Four.”
Hamp and the Vibes
Speaker: Sonny Buxton
7 pm, free with concert ticket
Q&A with Geoffrey Keezer
What is the first recording you remember hearing
as a child?
There were several. My dad is a jazz drummer and had many great
records. My favorites were Oscar Brown Jr.’s “Sin and Soul”,
Corea’s “The Leprechaun” and Weather Report’s “Black
Who is your favorite jazz musician under the age of 30?
My eight month old son Cameron.
What job would you have if you weren’t
a jazz musician?
I would be a marine biologist and study cetaceans (dolphins and
What’s your favorite food?
Anything my wife cooks.
What’s the most exotic place you’ve
traveled to as a musician?
What’s the last book you’ve
“Non-Violent Communication” by Marshall Rosenberg.
If you could play with any other musician, living or dead
(with whom you have not played), who would it be and why?
Wayne Shorter. I played with him once, in 1989 with Art Blakey,
and have been craving a chance to play a gig with his quartet.
What’s your favorite tune?
“Once in a Lifetime” by the Talking Heads. (My favorite
Who is your greatest musical influence?
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three
recordings with you, what would they be?
Wayne Shorter’s “Atlantis”, Martha Argerich playing
Ravel’s G Major
Piano Concerto, and a recording of my baby and wife’s voices.
How much do you practice each week?
Nowhere near enough!
What hobbies do you have?
Yoga, hiking, swimming, rowing, gardening.
If you could be any other type of artist other than a jazz
musician, what would you be and why?
A member of a successful rock band. Nothing beats playing loud
exciting music for thousands of screaming fans.