A native of Eau Claire , Wisconsin , where both his parents taught music . Geoff began studying piano at age 3 and was hooked on jazz as a teenager. In 1987 he won a Young Talent Award from the International Association of Jazz Educators , and grabbed the ear of pianist James Williams , who offered encouragement and guidance.
This young pianist has toured with a wide variety of leaders, Art Blakey, Art Farmer, Mingus Dynasty and T.S.Monk. In 1992-1993, Joshua Redman toured as a member of his band. The band at the time included Joshua, Christian McBride on bass, and Leon Parker on drums.
His influences include Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington and James Williams.
|Recommended recordings:||"Here and Now"||Blue Note B21Y-96691|
|"World Music"||DIW/Columbia CK 52958|