About the Geoff Peters Trio
The Geoff Peters Trio can often be found performing jazz music around Vancouver for beautiful and intimate weddings, or in local restaurants, theatres, and cafes. Geoff's trio also plays to the swank and sophistication of Vancouver's corporate crowd when office hours are over.
Peters says he loves a good piano. His newest album, Quiet Night, was performed on the finest: a Steinway grand. He often tries to find his way to the Four Seasons Hotel; it has a spunky, little Yamaha he likes to touch.
"We have played there probably 30 times," Peters says.
The two instruments are altogether different but equally respected to the classically trained jazz musician.
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Geoff enjoys the depth of creative expression and ability to convey mood and emotion that jazz music allows, and is equally comfortable performing in the background for a black-tie dinner or as a feature act in a living room, grand theater, or a wedding reception dance.
"The style of music allows me to be creative and express myself," he explains.
It's the reason restaurants like Cactus Club and corporations such as Mexx Canada have turned to him to set a distinct atmosphere. It's the reason his summers are booked solid with venues, weddings, private events and celebrations.
Peters played the Vancouver International Jazz Festival back in 2003, and studied with Vancouver's incredible Chris Sigerson (who also teaches at Capilano University) for several years. Geoff continued to hone his craft through studying with some of Canada's top jazz instructors. He has attended workshops with Phil Dwyer, Don Thompson, Ian Mcdougall, Misha Piatigorsky, Sharon Minemoto, and the late Ross Taggart.
Geoff's music has reached audiences around the world through his CD sales, including selling several hundred discs in Japan.
Classical guitarist Derek Soros says Peters provides "silky, smooth piano sounds reminiscent of Bill Evans."
"I used to have sheet music for all the songs but now I have our whole repertoire memorized," Peters says. "I can play four-hour gigs without looking at any paper."
That drummer stationed behind Peters is Greg Murray. His beats and rattles were plucked from the local indie rock scene. But he's been playing jazz for 25 years. He always straddles the boundary between the two genres.
"The less we rely on reading the sheet music, the better we play," he says. "We can pay more attention to one another without the distraction of the written chart. Better focus and interaction allows us to stray from the traditional version of the song further than we normally could, allowing us to come up with something more unique, new and exciting."
Mark White, the bassist, is self-taught. He gives the group its soul.
Peters says White has a good ear.
The Trio recently released a new album, Quiet Night, on iTunes. The title track is also the group's first video. Aside from the studio, Geoff Peters and his trio perform regularly at weddings and corporate events in Vancouver, as well as intimate venues across the city.