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From his richly emoted accompaniment to solos that are luxuriant and flavorful, Geoff Vidals lion-hearted creativity is reflected not only in his own charts and performance, but the quality with which he executes life itself.
Since first arriving on the New York scene as a New Orleans transplant in 2006, Geoff's fraternal demeanor and musical boisterousness have been conspicuous traits on the local jazz-scape. Contrasting the tightly-polished conservatorialism that dominates the New York jazz communitya culture that makes it easy to forget the adventurousness that gave rise to this art formunbridled adventure was clearly something the newcomer has been bountifully endowed with.
Geoffs professional career took flight at age fifteen with his recruitment into the Stage Door Canteen, a noted Cape Cod big band, and later the prestigious sax studio of Lynn Klock at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Geoffs collegiate honors included early induction into Grammy winner Jeff Holmess UMASS Jazz Ensemble and multiple mentions in the Down Beat Student Music Awards, including Best Collegiate Soloist.
In New York Geoffs career has been no less auspicious. After several years touring and performing out of New Orleans, he arrived in NYC to quickly become a tenor-of-choice for a host of notable bandleaders and appear in some of the citys most prominent clubs.
While Vidals sound is easily comparable to the breathy warmth of Coleman Hawkins or Sonny Rollinss colossal purr, the years leading up to his first headlining release, "She Likes That," have seen the total ripening of Geoffs unique musical character. At once insatiably unique and deliciously accessible, his unharnessed energy has effloresced into a performance both playful and deliberate, liberated yet totally in control.