Geoffrey Keezer Quartet with special guest Joe Locke
Saturday, Jul 26, 2008 8:00 PM PDT
Stanford University Campbell Recital Hall, Palo Alto, CA
"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 Magazine
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."