Geoff Vidal – Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
A native of Cape Cod, Ma Geoff Vidal is currently serving in the US Army as Sergeant First Class in the West Point Band as a jazz & pop saxophonist. Geoff received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance (’98-’03) from UMASS Amherst where he won several Downbeat Student Music Awards as an outstanding collegiate soloist. In 2003, Geoff was accepted into the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and immediately following he moved to New Orleans where he lived and toured until Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005. Geoff moved to New York City in the wake of Katrina and quickly ensconced himself as a much sought-after woodwind player in many big bands and small ensembles among the likes of the Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra and Etienne Charles. In 2010, he released his debut album She Likes That on the Arts & Music Factory label to critical acclaim. In 2012, Vidal took first place in the first ever Detroit Jazz Festival Saxophone Competition earning a featured spot performing at the 2012 DJF.
Geoff lives in Cornwall with his wife Stephanie, son Louie and daughter JuJu.