Uli Geissendoerfer

With NSA Since:

2017

Instrument:

Piano

Programs:

School of JAZZ@NSA

German-American pianist, composer and educator, Uli Geissendoerfer arrived in Las Vegas from New York in 2009 as pianist and bandleader with Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis production. Invited by Dave Loeb he started teaching at UNLV in 2010, resurrecting the Latin Jazz Ensemble, which since won five downbeat awards including 1st place in 2015, and will be featured performer at JENN 2022, Aside from initiating a lecture series at the University, he serves as curator for the Steinway Concert Series, and founded the Jazz Club at the Dispensary Lounge (winning Best of Las Vegas). In it’s almost 9 year run he featured luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Brandon Fields, Sam Most, Rick Margitza, Dick Griffin, Scott Henderson, Danny Gottlieb, George Garzone and many more have performed there with his Trio and Quartet. He recorded seven CD’s as leader and In 2012 recorded his first Vegas production “Colors” featuring a great quintet with Charles McNeal, Pascale Elia, Derek jones and Ryan Rose. The opening tune of album “3-41”, won 1st place in the 13th IMA awards. In the Fall of 2017 he joined the new Jazz Program at the Nevada School of the Arts and founded Vegas Records, as hub for creative, Jazz related music emanating from Vegas with special emphasis on furthering young local talent. One ultimate goal is to create a Living Archive where the giants of yore invigorate the young artists from today. In 2018 he received the part-time-teacher-of the-year award from the UNLV Fine arts department.

His current projects include the Uli Geissendoerfer Trio, backbone of the Jazz Club, with their CD “Long Way Home”, the “Beregovski Suite”, a duo with the fabulous, award winning violin virtuoso Alicia Svigals and his world music group Colors featuring Pascale Elia. He is also working on a book documenting his natural hand approach to playing and is busy writing and producing the music for three new albums for artists here and abroad. He has worked with, among others, William Cepeda (Grammy nomination), Groove Collective, Giovanni Hidalgo, Blood Sweat & Tears, Leslie Uggams, Cirque du Soleil, Ute Lemper, David Cassidy, Tito Puente, several Symphonies, the Connecticut Opera, a bevy of Jazz greats and many African Artists such as Kofo the Wonderman and Sheik Tediane Seck.

His newest endeavor is curating the new Jazz and Supper Club, Gatsby’s, at the event venue Gambit, where he is aiming at creating an all-inclusive center for the Jazz and it’s students in the valley and beyond. He appeared at (a selection): Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Heineken Jazz Festival (Puerto Rico), Red Sea Jazz Festival (Isreal), JVC Jazz Festival (NYC), Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland) , Sauti Za Busara (Zanzibar, Tansania), Singapore Jazz Festival, Bühl Jazztival (Germany), Tiempo Latino/Vic Fezensac (France), Baranqui Jazz (Columbia), Tabarka Jazz Festival (Tunesia), Singapore Jazz Festival and many more in New Zealand, Portugal, Australia, Mexico, England, Italy, Havana, Cuba, Istanbul (Turkey), Festivals in Munich, Nuremberg, Hamburg; Embassy in New York, D.C. Mexico City, Washington D.C. National Gallery.