Geoff Eales


Geoff Eales is one of the UK's most eclectic and inspirational musicians. As a pianist, arranger and composer his work stubbornly defies categorisation as he moves with ease between jazz, free improvisation, jazz-rock fusion and classical styles.

At Cardiff University Geoff studied musical composition with Alun Hoddinott and piano with Martin Jones, achieving Ph.D status in 1980. He is an ex-member of the BBC Big Band where he was featured in well over a 1000 broadcasts. After leaving the BBC he enjoyed a highly successful career as a London studio pianist, working with a host of musical luminaries including Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, Jerry Goldsmith and Nelson Riddle as well as being an accompanist of choice to such diverse singers as Lulu, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Jose Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa.

As the new Millennium approached Geoff felt an inner need to return to the music that inspired him as a youth - jazz. He has twelve highly acclaimed albums to his name and has performed at many prestigious jazz festivals and venues worldwide such as Zagreb, Belgrade, Cork, New York's Birdland, The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles and the Blue Note Clubs of Japan.

"As original as they come, listening to everyone but beholden to no single influence; Eales demands your attention with the force of his musical personality and keeps it with his musicianship" - Budd Kopman (Cadence USA)

"He is an instinctive melodist with a lovely touch and refined technique, and builds his improvisations with an unerring sense of purpose" - Kenny Mathieson (The Scotsman)

See also Geoff Eales' website.