Life In Music

I also lead the octet, Octobop, that specializes in West Coast Jazz. I write and arrange music for Octobop and other musical groups. 

Octobop's fourth release in 2007 reached #4 on the national CMJ charts.

I am a woodwind player - primarily saxophone with flute and clarinet doubles. Instruments that I play include:

  • Saxophone - baritone, tenor, bass, alto, and soprano
  • Flute - C flute, alto flute, and bass flute
  • Clarinet - Soprano and bass clarinet

Music and business combined from 2005-2010 as CEO of the San Jose Jazz, producers of the AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival and other performance and education programs

Here's my bio from the Octobop web site:

Geoff is a native of New Orleans where he first became addicted to great music, spicy foods, good times and still managed to obtain several advanced degrees in math, computer science, and business. Working in the United States and Europe, Geoff has performed with Mel Torme, Nelson Riddle, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, as well as many musicals, shows, and other productions. Geoff studied arranging and theory with David Baker, Don Haas, and Charles Barber. His primary influences in playing and writing include Gerry Mulligan, James Moody, Sam Butera, Bill Holman, Marty Paich, Nelson Riddle, and Henry Mancini. He is still trying to create the perfect gumbo.