Jeffrey Gilliam

Singer/Songwriter & Pianist

When Jeffrey was still just an infant, his mother would spend hours just listening to lots of different piano music (jazz, classical, contemporary).  Well it must have affected him on some level since he was the one, at nine yrs. of age to go to his parents and ask if he could take piano lessons! They were delighted! He says he was lucky to have had a great piano instructor, Jerome Moffit, who taught a well balanced method of technique (classical, and jazz & improv.).  Jeffrey remembers, "My teacher and I would play a four hands duet by Bartok at the beginning of the lesson, then he put on a record of Oscar Peterson, the great jazz pianist, and blow my mind with the possibilities of improvisation." Music was his focus all through grammar and high school. He played many different roles including singer/songwriter, rock n' roll band member, solo pianist, jazz band member, choir accompanist, well . . . you get the picture.

In 1987, he went on to study Music at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR honing his composition, and performance skills.   The reggae band he played in while at school had the chance to travel to Jamaica and ended up jamming with Earl “Chinna” Smith, one of the greatest reggae guitar players and owner of “High Times Records” who has played with Ziggy Marley and many others.

After touring around for some years in the 1990’s with his dance/movement partner and performing at spiritual retreats, Jeffrey was able to put together his first independent CD in 2000,  Dolphin Memories       
which received airplay on new age radio shows nationwide.

Then after years of taking what he jokingly calls his private schooling program for recording/engineering, he produced his second CD,  
                                                                                                                  Cloud 19  in 2007 which is a little 
more experimental but with way better sound quality.

Also, around 2003 to 2006 he had the privilege of playing keyboards for Lunagroove, an electro-soul computer/instrument hybrid group based in San Francisco.  They played many of the big festivals and did shows with Elton John, India Arie, Ani DiFranco, STS9, Mickey Hart, Particle, The Flaming Lips, String Cheese Incident and many more.

Most recently, in 2009 Jeffrey took a dramatic departure from the mellow instrumental recordings and wrote, recorded and produced a fantastic group of upbeat pop songs entitled, Treasure Island 
He says, “I’ve been singing and songwriting for years so I really loved the idea of doing a whole project of great pop songs.  That is one great advantage of being independent, there’s no rules to follow!”  Look for him performing at select venues.  When he performs he has the drummer and bass player with him in the computer so it sounds more like a full band.

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