Jay Geils Plays Jazz

The Library will host the second performance of its 2009 Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, July 9 with an appearance by the Jay Geils–Gerry Beaudoin Quintet. The group features two prominent names in the pantheon of jazz, blues and rock guitar, backed by an accomplished trio of Phillips Exeter Academy music faculty members.

The quintet will play standards and other favorites from the history of jazz, blues and swing guitar. Jay Geils, best known for playing rock and roll with the J. Geils Band from the late 1960s until the mid-1980s, is also an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist.

Jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin has carved out a career as a leader, arranger and guitarist. A disciple of 7-string jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, Beaudoin is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is an adjunct professor of music at Quincy Community College in Quincy, MA.  Beginning with a chance meeting at a guitar show in 1994, Geils and Beaudoin have performed together in a variety of settings including the New Guitar Summit, which features the two alongside blues legend Duke Robillard and jazz guitarist extraordinaire Howard Alden. Jay Geils and Gerry Beaudoin headlined the 2003 Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and in 2007 they were chosen to represent the Statesmen of Jazz in concerts in Virginia and New England.

Joining Geils and Beaudoin at the Library will be PEA music faculty members Charlie Jennison on woodwinds, Marty Ballou on double bass and drummer Les Harris, Jr. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm, and is free and open to the public.  

L to R: Jay Geils, Les Harris, Jr. and Gerry Beaudoin (photo by Larry Fedorchak)
L to R: Jay Geils, Les Harris, Jr. and Gerry Beaudoin (photo by Larry Fedorchak)