Geoffrey Keezer Trio with Gillian Margot

Geoffrey Keezer Trio with Gillian Margot

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$25.00

There is a $10.00 food or drink minimum per person. Dinner is served between 5pm-1am.

Geoffrey Keezer
Geoffrey Keezer
Geoffrey Keezer Trio with Gillian Margot

Geoffrey Keezer (piano)
Ricardo Rodríguez (bass)
Jon Wikan (drums)
Special Guest Gillian Margot (Vocals)

Geoffrey Keezer

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Whether recording with jazzy chanteuses Diana Krall or Dianne Reeves, touring with trumpet king Chris Botti, or collaborating with pop icon Sting, sax legend Wayne Shorter, guitar wizard Jim Hall, star bassist Christian McBride or vibes master Joe Locke, 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" (Time Magazine). Perhaps the most exciting turn in Geoffrey’s career is his recent focus on solo piano and his first solo release in thirteen years, Heart of the Piano (2013, Motema Records). On a mission to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, Keezer brings to Heart of the Piano his most direct and focused artistry to date.But regardless of the nature of his projects, from solo to duo to quartet, from bandleader to big band, from post bop jazz to electronica to global fusion, from composer to arranger, Geoffrey delivers music from the heart of the piano to the ear--and heart--of the listener.

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. She also studied under jazz legends including Oscar Peterson, Freddy Cole, and Norman Simmons. In addition, Margot has performed with artists worldwide, including rock icon, Sting; famed soprano, Kathleen Battle; jazz voice, Kevin Mahogany; New York trumpet star, Jeremy Pelt; the Strickland Brothers, and now multiple award-winning pianist, Geoffrey Keezer. 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). Equally at home in the musical worlds of jazz, R&B and pop, Black Butterfly speaks to the singer's passion for diversity and is an artfully crafted set that showcases her multifaceted musicality. Gillian Margot is a stylist who eschew 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)