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Free Concert Features Jazz Pianists

The School of Music and Dance presents Geoffrey Keezer and Richard Thompson on Nov. 2.
By Rhoda Nevins

The School of Music and Dance noon concert series presents a performance with two great jazz pianists – Geoffrey Keezer and Richard Thompson at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Smith Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Concert program

The duo’s concert features original compositions by Keezer and Thompson, as well as two spirituals arranged by Thompson. For further information, please visit the School of Music and Dance website.

About Keezer

2010 and 2009 Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Keezer joined Art Blakely’s Jazz Messengers at age 18. Since then, he has worked with virtually all of the living legends of jazz and has appeared on countless recordings both as a leader and accompanist.

In addition to his 11 solo releases and constant touring, Keezer has also had compositions commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Saint Joseph Ballet, Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Zeltsman Marimba Festival.

About Thompson

Thompson, a member of the jazz studies faculty in the School of Music and Dance, teaches jazz performance and history, and music theory. He performs frequently in both jazz and classical concerts, as a soloist as well as with many chamber groups, including his jazz quartet, Mirage.

Thompson is currently working on a chamber opera, “The Mask in the Mirror,” based on the courtship and marriage of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore. He will also be featured as the guest artist with Orchestra Nova this November, performing the world premiere of a concerto for jazz quartet and orchestra.