Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


Duet: Keezer + Perry

former local piano master teams with Michael Perry

Sam Clark

Geoffrey Keezer
Geoffrey Keezer
Michael Perry
Michael Perry

A hometown hero is returning for the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. Geoffrey Keezer, a Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, is one of two guest artists who will be featured at the headliner concerts held at Memorial High on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. Keezer was born in Eau Claire and began his piano studies at a young age. To say that the hard work paid off is an understatement: By the age of 18, Keezer was touring with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Since then, Keezer has gone on to collaborate with contemporary jazz heavyweights such as Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, and Diana Krall, as well as with traditional Hawaiian, Japanese, and South American musicians. As if simply playing at the festival wasn’t enough, Keezer has decided to flex his impressive compositional muscles and write a new piece specifically for the 2013 Jazz Festival. The new tune is called “Old Guys Surrender the Juke Box,” and Keezer has teamed up with another familiar name around Eau Claire for its performance. Michael Perry, a humorist, singer-songwriter, and the New York Times bestselling author behind works such as Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren At a Time and the more recent Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace, wrote words to accompany the song, and will join Keezer and the Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I onstage to provide the song’s narration.  Keezer, Perry, and company will premiere “Old Guys Surrender the Juke Box” at both the Friday and Saturday night concerts.

Lasker Jewelers
Lasker Jewelers

Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.