Meet the Jazz Artists
D and G Quartet
Doug Leaffer, Saxophone
Doug Leaffer, saxophonist has performed jazz, blues, pop, R&B and gospel since the early 1980s. Based in Boston, he has played in East Coast jazz clubs and music venues from Miami to Montreal, also performing in Taiwan, Korea and Germany. Doug appears on film with the band featured in Disney's "The Finest Hours" and is recorded on the movie soundtrack. He opened for (Count Basie saxophonist) Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band and members of the J.Geils Band, and has performed with Motown legends Martha Reeves (of the Vandellas) and touring members of the original Temptations.
Steve Silverstein, Drums
Steve Silverstein has been playing drums for more than 50 years and has been playing professionally for over 40. From 13 - 15 years old, he attended the Berklee College of Music for private drum instruction, studying under the guidance of Keith Copeland. While a student at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, he played in jazz ensembles led by Max Roach, Archie Shepp and Vishnu Wood. Over the years he has performed both in the US and abroad with jazz artists Harry Allen, Carmen Bradford, Bunky Green, Bobby Watson, Joshua Breakstone, Ben Tucker, Matt Savage, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, as well as various members from the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra . He has performed in the Far East, Central America, and the Carribean, and is a Bosphorus Cymbals Artist.
He has been an active educator since 1992. From 1992 - 1998 he served on the faculty in the jazz department at the University of North Florida. Upon his return to Boston in 2000, he has maintained a busy teaching schedule, serving on the Jazz faculty at the Rivers School Conservatory, the Natick Public Schools Instrumental Music program, as well as a private teaching practice.
He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Babson College.
Geoffrey Hicks, Piano & Vocals
Geoffrey Dana Hicks and the GEOFF HICKS QUARTET -
“Geoffrey Dana Hicks....can swing a crowded room into a state of bliss” John Robinson, the BOSTON GLOBE
“Equally impressive is the Julien Bar, where Geoff Hicks (on weekends)....tickles the ivories with tunes of Gerwhwin and Porter.” BOSTON MAGAZINE
“Geoffrey Hicks just blew us away with a fabulous piano and voice....He was responsible for the revelation of the evening!” the BAY STATE BANNER
“Geoff sings in a style that reminds me of Nat King Cole” Ron Della Chiesa, WGBH Radio
Geoffrey Dana Hicks
Pianist, composer, performer, lecturer, recording artist, arranger and conductor, Geoffrey Dana Hicks is a musician of many talents. In February of 2002, the Geoffrey Hicks Quartet entertained hundreds of guests at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, to celebrate Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s seventieth birthday, in an evening celebration which also also featured cellist, Yo Yo Ma.
In June, 1990, the Geoffrey Hicks Trio, also featuring saxophonist Bobby Tynes, entertained hundreds of guests at the John F. Kennedy Library, in Boston, for honored guest Nelson Mandela which was hosted by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in an afternoon celebration also featuring Stevie Wonder.
Mr. Hicks is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (BM in composition, ‘76), the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), (MM in conducting, ‘83), and Andover Newton Theological School (M. Div., ‘88); and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Doctorate in Ministry 2009). Mr. Hicks was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where his father at the time was the first African-American journalist to write for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Mr. Hicks has performed jazz in Berlin, Germany, (where he also grew up, when his father became an American Diplomat), Monrovia, Liberia; Rhodes, Greece; Rome, Todi; Paris; Mazamet; St. Moritz; Madrid, Barcelona; Toronto; Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington D. C., and New York City. Mr. Hicks has also performed as a singer/pianist at most major Boston Hotels, including the Westin Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton, Le Meridien, the Copley Plaza, the Charles Hotel (in Cambridge), and many others. Familiar with such performance facilities as Boston’s Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, the Hatch Shell, the Tsai Performance Center, Carnegie Hall, and the White House, Mr. Hicks has performed before congressmen, presidents, and several international dignitaries.
Mr. Hicks continues to perform with his Quartet in solo performances throughout the United States. His CD’s include “Take me away”, “Cartagena”, along with solo CD’s “My Favorite Swings”, “My Funny Valentine”, and “Besame Mucho”, which feature exciting collections of originals, standard smooth jazz. The Hicks Quartet has performed at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB, and at the TOP OF THE HUB, as well as numerous social and charity events throughout New England.
The Hicks Quartet performs a variety of traditional jazz of Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and others, as well as a combination of latin, smooth jazz, and originals, as well as a mix of Gospel/Jazz.
The HICKS QUARTET includes, (GEOFF HICKS - Piano and Vocals), DOUG LEAFFER, Saxophone; MELVIN GRAHAM, Bass; STEVE SILVERSTEIN, Drums.
Dave Landoni, Bass
Bassist David Landoni received his B.A. from Berklee College of Music. He has played and recorded with jazz artists Herb Pomeroy, NEA Jazz Master vocalist Sheila Jordan, Terrell Stafford, Jens Lidemann of the Canadian Brass, the Artie Shaw Orchestra under the direction of Dick Johnson, Mike Renzi, and Eugene Maslov. David maintains a private teaching studio, and is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston.!