Geri lee Arie

Geri lee Arie

BandBluesFolk

My music is a mixture of blues, folk and jazz. Mainly roots orientated. Sometimes with jump jive or a syncopated feel sometimes with just pure soul. I love music its the best! Ive been singing/songwriting and playing guitar since I was twelve and I hope to continue for many years to come.

Biography

GERI LEE ARIE (Thats me:), BORN AND RAISED IN CANADA (BUT ALSO SPENT MANY YEARS LIVING IN THE U.S) HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN MUSIC MY ENTIRE LIFE. DEVELOPING A STYLE OVER THE YEARS DERIVED FROM VARIED INFLUENCES SUCH AS JAZZ, FOLK, BLUES, GOSPEL & POP AS WELL AS LIFE EXPERIENCE. I HAVE MY OWN UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE AND TRY TO DELIVER IT THRU MUSIC. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MY MUSICAL APPRENTICESHIP BEGAN WITH MY DAD"NORMAN BROOKS" WHO WAS A JAZZ SINGER/SONGWRITER/PIANO PLAYER. HE HAD AN EXTENSIVE CAREER IN MUSIC. OPENING FOR THREE STRAIGHT YEARS FOR THE RAT PACK IN VEGAS AND FRIENDS WITH THE LIKES OF TONY BENNETT, FRANK SINATRA, SAMMY DAVIS JR. AND MANY MORE IN NORTH AMERICA AND ABROAD. AS AN AL JOLSON IMPERSONATOR AND SONGWRITER, MY DAD, NORMAN MADE THIRTY ONE ALBUMS UNDER CONTRACT WITH WARNER BROTHERS AND WAS IN THE ORIGINAL "OCEANS ELEVEN" AND "THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE" AND "ZELIG". HE WAS ON JOHNNY CARSON AND THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW AND PLAYED MANY FESTIVALS ALL OVER THE WORLD. HE WROTE AND SANG JINGLES AND TOURED AND PLAYED ALL THE THEATRES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE WITH LINE UPS THAT WENT AROUND THE BLOCK EACH TIME. HIS LAST SHOWS WERE IN MONTREAL, ONE AT PLACE DES ARTS AND THE OTHER AT THE HYATT REGENCY IN 2004 FOR A CROWD OF TWO THOUSAND AND THE VERY LAST SHOW WAS FOR THE NURSES ON HIS WARD AT HOPITAL JEAN TALON. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AS OUR MUSIC TEACHER AND MENTOR MY DAD TAUGHT MY SISTERS AND MYSELF VOCAL TECHNIQUE AND COACHED US. HE TAUGHT US THE FUNDAMENTALS OF HARMONY , THEORY AND CHORD STRUCTURE ON THE PIANO. HE WOULD TEACH MY SISTERS AND I TO SING CANONS LIKE "CATCH A FALLING STAR" FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE HOURS UNTIL WE FINALLY GOT THAT HARMONY RIGHT AND IT WAS ALWAYS FUN. HE AND I CONTINUED OUR MUSICAL JOURNEY TOGETHER THROUGHOUT MY GROWING YEARS. HE HELPED ME UNDERSTAND MUSIC ANALYSIS, SONG WRITING AND PHRASING AND ESPECIALLY SYNCOPATION AND WE WOULD ALWAYS SING TOGETHER. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SOME OF MY MUSICAL EDUCATION : FORMAL OPERA TRAINING WITH TATIANA VASLAVIA, NORTH VANCOUVER; POP, NANCI DAVIS, NORTH VANCOUVER; OPERA WITH HUGETTE TURREGNIOU, MONTREAL; CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, JAZZ, MADELAINE THERAULT. PIANO, BILL WHITE, NORTH VANCOUVER; JAZZ GUITAR STAN LASSITAR, NASHVILLE TENN; JAZZ GUITAR, MARK MILLNEUVE, MONTREAL; TRAVIS PICKING, JACK BAKER, NEW YORK; CLASSICAL PIANO, YARON ROSS, CONCORDIA UNIV; PIANO, KATHY PEIMONT, MONTREAL; PIANO, LAURIE ANDERSON, CONCORDIA UNIV; MY DEGREE AT CONCORDIA FOCUSES ON IMPROVISATION, HISTORY, PERFORMANCE, THEORY. COMPLETION OF THE JO ESTILL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOCUSING ON COMPULSORY FIGURES FOR VOICE CONTROL, TECHNIQUE AND THE SCIENCE OF VOICE AND MANY SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS OVER THE YEARS AND I LEARNED ALOT FROM OTHERS AND MY OWN PERSONAL LIFE EXPERIENCES :) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VANCOUVER WAS WHERE MY MUSICALITY GREW, I PLAYED MANY CLUBS AROUND TOWN. FROM THE SAVOY TO GRANDVILLE ISLAND LOUNGE TO THE COMMODORE BALLROOM WITH J.J. CALE TO THE YALE ALONG SIDE PEOPLE LIKE JEFF HEALEY, COLIN JAMES, LONG JOHN BALDRY, POWDER BLUES, JIM BURNS, MEMBERS OF THE GUESS WHO, SUE MEDLEY, SUE FOLEY. PERFORMING ORIGINALS AND WORKING AS A SESSION SINGER AT STUDIOS SUCH AS; BLUE WAVE SOUND, OCEAN SOUND AND STONY CREEK, BACKUP AND LEAD SINGER FOR OTHER BANDS. I BEGAN OPERA TRAINING WITH TATIANA AND PIANO FOR THREE YEARS WITH BILL WHITE AND I BEGAN TEACHING VOICE WHERE I LIVED IN KITSALANO. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IN MONTREAL IN THE NINETIES YOU COULD ALWAYS FIND MOI AT SUCH PLACES AS, CLUB SODA, BISHOP STREET, COMMONS, QUE CERA AND MORE.. WEDDINGS AND CLUBS DOING MY OWN ORIGINAL SHOWS AND SINGING LEAD AND BACK UP FOR OTHER MUSICIANS. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MOVING TO NEW YORK YOU COULD FIND ME SINGING AT CLUB TATTOO, BIRDLAND, CAFE SOCIETY, MANNY'S BLUES CLUB, AROUND GREENWICH VILLAGE AND SOHO AT PLACES SUCH AS CAFE WHA. WHILE IN NEW YORK I RECIEVED THE HUGH PRESSWOOD CERTIFICATION FOR SONGWRITING AND TOOK TRAVIS PICKING GUITAR STYLE WITH JACK BAKER IN THE VILLAGE AND MORE GUITAR FROM SOME GUY WHO LIVED IN A LOFT BELOW KEITH RICHARDS (HOME AWAY FROM HOME LOFT:). NEW YORK IS A WILD AND FACINATING PLACE. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AFTER LEAVING NEW YORK, WE WERE BABY AND NASHVILLE BOUND, I RESUMED TEACHING VOICE, STUDYING SOME JAZZ GUITAR WITH STAN LASSITER AND SONGWRITING LESSONS. I WROTE WITH SONGWRITERS FROM CURB RECORDS AND PLAYED AT THE BLUE BIRD CAFE, DOUGLAS CORNER, DAVIS KIDD AND RECO

Discography

1. "WHEN YOU WALK A MILE IN HER BLUES" C.D.
2. "TAKE FLIGHT"C.D.

Set List


SUMMER SOLSTICE (ORIG)
WHEN YOU WALK A MILE IN HER BLUES (ORIG)
SUGARCAYNE (ORIG)
TAKE FLIGHT(ORIG)
LONG DISTANCE MAN (ORIG)
TRADITIONAL MAN BLUES (ORIG)
LUCKY TO HAVE YOU(ORIG)
HARD DADDY BLUES (ORIG)
YOUR TALKING TOO MUCH(ORIG)
SUGAR (STANLY TURENTINE)
LAUGH LAUGH LAUGH (BIG MAMA THORNTON)
I REMEMBER BLUE (ORIG)