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Biography


Since 1970 Geoff has worked as a professional jazz keyboard player with many top British jazz artists, recording albums covering a wide variety of jazz and folk music. He has made many appearances at Ronnie Scott’s Club playing with artists including Ronnie Scott's Quintet, Nucleus, Paz, George Coleman, James Moody and Stan Robinson.
 

Pianist and composer Geoff Castle has played with top names on the British jazz scene since 1970. He was born in North London in 1949. Both parents were musical and he started piano lessons at the ainsidege of 8.

 

He joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 1967 with whom he toured nationally and visited France and Bulgaria. After leaving NYJO in 1970 he joined Graham Collier's septet which starred at the 1971 Montreux Jazz festival winning two prizes.

 

Geoff has featured in both acoustic and electric jazz and he joined Ian Carr's Nucleus in 1974 playing electric piano and Moog. He played with Nucleus for eight years and appeared on six albums and many European tours. The band played at the first Jazz Yatra in Bombay in 1977. 

 

His compositional credits with Nucleus are Rachel's Tune from Snakehips Etcetera,  Mysteries from In Flagrante Delicto and Solar Wind from Out of the Long Dark. Geoff played with his 10 piece Impressions of New York band at the 1980 Camden Jazz festival.

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In the 1980s Latin band Paz became very popular on the jazz dance scene. The band's early albums, Kandeen Love Song, Paz Are Back and Look Inside all made it to the top of the fusion charts. in 1983 Geoff went to work in New Zealand where he recorded the music for the movie Should I Be Good?