Geoff Peters - piano
Mark White - bass
Greg Murray - drums
Kevin Shan - saxophone
Geoff has a deep passion for his instrument, having studied jazz and
classical piano since he was six years old. Recent highlights were his performances
in the 2005 and 2003 Vancouver
International Jazz Festival with his trio at the Yale Jazz Showcase
(2005) and with Lounge Consortium at Capones (2003).
Geoff's style, while uniquely his own, draws upon the tradition of
great jazz players such as Bill
Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Marian McPartland. Geoff is also
influenced by other contemporary artists, such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Cedar
Walton, Kenny Barron, and Renee Rosnes.
Geoff is always seeking to explore new styles of music to add depth to his jazz playing. In addition to his jazz trio, Geoff performed recently with
the West Coast Symphony.
Some of Geoff's recent musical adventures include creating a soon-to-be-released solo piano album with
original compositions, recording a studio session with
saxophonist Jeff Cuell, and performing at the YVR (Vancouver International
Airport Authority) corporate Christmas party with saxophonist Tyler
Geoff studied classical piano through the Toronto Royal
Conservatory of Music. He then studied jazz piano with Chris Sigerson while attending
university, also completing a
B.Sc. in Computing Science and Business from SFU. Geoff combines his love of music with his interest in technology, through creating videos and writing a blog about jazz piano.
Geoff's web site and work was featured in the Vancouver Sun (front page, Feb. 25th 2006). He was also interviewed on CBC Radio's national afternoon music and culture program, Freestyle, on March 21st, 2006. His web site was also featured on BBC Radio 2 in the UK.
In addition to his fine work on
bass, Mark is a talented multi-instrumentalist. His first instrumental
interest was the alto saxophone, which he first picked up in elementary
school, and continued to play throughout high school. In Grade 12 he made
a sudden shift in interest to focus on the trumpet, which he had learned
to play on his own. By the end of the year, he was playing with the
Greater Vancouver Youth Honour band, as well as concert and jazz bands at
his high school.
In 2000, while in his first year
at Simon Fraser University studying Biochemistry, he joined the SFU Jazz
Club and played with their big band for the next 2 years. In 2001, he
joined a 7-piece jazz-funk band called Nice Ride, which was later renamed
Leisure Lab. Leisure
Lab was a musical presence in Vancouver's jazz scene for many years.
Mark was part of the formation of Lounge
Consortium in 2002, in which he began a serious study of the bass. He
discovered a newly awakened passion for the instrument, which he
demonstrates through his solid rhythmic support and understanding
of jazz harmony.
Chris Lacroix writes:
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."
Kevin is a Vancouver based arranger, composer, and tenor saxophonist. Kevin's interest in jazz led him to study at Capilano College's Jazz Studies program where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance. Kevin studied tenor saxophone with Stan Karp and Mike Allen, piano with Ross Taggart, composition with Brad Turner, jazz theory and arranging with Mike Reveley and Rob McKenzie. In addition, Kevin has a certificate in Arts and Entertainment Management.
Kevin's style is diverse and flexible. His understanding of different styles allows him to explore many genres of music with his skills rooted in the tradition of bebop and post-bop. His main influences are John Coltrane, David Liebman, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, and Bird. He also draws inspirations from other great jazz giants, such as McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Bill Dobbins, Sammy Nestico, and many more.
Kevin has performed with various musical groups at numerous venues in the city. He has been seen performing with the James Productions Orchestra at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars in Stanley Park, Royal City Musical at the Massey Theatre, Bruce James Orchestra at the Commodore Ballroom, Hot Jazz Club, and Maple Ridge Jazz Festival. Other groups include Capilano Jazz Band, Douglas College Jazz Band, and Fat Jazz. Other venues include VTV Breakfast Entertainment Hour, Maple Ridge Arts Centre Theatre, Waterfront Centre Fountain Terrace, Latin Quarter, Roxy, Club Millennium, Purple Onion, and Jazz Cellar.
Kevin's arrangements, compositions, and saxophone solos are featured on numerous recordings that include jazz, funk, hip-hop, pop, big band, and musical theatre. Besides being an active freelancer within the Vancouver music scene, he also teaches at Lynn Valley Music in North Vancouver where he shares his love and passion for music with others.