Jazz Guitarist Grant Geissman at Ohlone College this Saturday

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-Jazz guitarist Grant Geissman makes a rare bay area appearance at Ohlone College, bringing his extraordinary agility, breadth and innovative jazz stylings to the stage at the Smith Center. With a far-reaching career that stretches back to his intricate, groundbreaking solo on Chuck Mangione's "Feels So Good" Geissman's playing and composing has spanned multiple traditions of jazz. Expect the unexpected at his concert on Saturday. Geissman says, "The key to making meaningful music is not to limit myself stylistically-which to me is what an artist is supposed to do." Having just completed the third of a trilogy of jazz recordings, which moves toward more traditional jazz expressions, Bop, Bang, Boom! covers a lot of ground that includes soul, samba, zydeco and swing. Saturday night, Geissman and the Bop, Bang, Boom Band will cover new ground as well as more familiar territory.

A veteran of the jazz scene, having played and recorded with jazz greats that include Chick Corea, Quincy Jones, and David Benoit in addition to Mangione, Geissman has also composed scores for a dozen or more TV shows, including Grammy award winning tunes for Monk and Mad Men. But it is his innovative, complex breakthrough on Feels So Good that keeps coming back to him. That track remains a standard that every young guitarist attempts to master. You can't read a review or liner note without a mention of the famous riff. Geissman says of the phenomenon, "It's taken on a life of its own. People still talk about it; …it's an incredible honor, but it's truly surreal."

Geissman has 14 solo jazz albums under his belt, reaching Top 10 on national airplay charts. His strength on the guitar has made him a much in-demand studio musician and he has played on over 300 albums in addition to his own recordings. With musical influences from George Harrison and Eric Clapton to B.B. King and Wes Montgomery, Geissman's music allows him to test the waters with Latin jazz, funk, and blues and he continues to grow musically.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.smithcenter.com or call the Box Office at 510-659-6031.

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