Composer and pianist Geoff Stradling started piano lessons at age six - his mother being his first teacher. By 13 had run through the piano instructors in his hometown - Bellingham Washington, and began a biweekly trip to Seattle to study at The Cornish School, where coincidentally his maternal grandmother had taught years before.
Passionate about music Geoff founded a big band as a freshman in high school and wrote for it for 4 years. By the time he was a sophomore in college he had won a national composition contest sponsored by the National (now International) Association of Jazz Educators.
At age twenty he moved to Europe, and soaked in the European experience - food, wine, melody. Melody! This was so different from America. In his homeland the emphasis was on harmony and rhythm, here melody was king. This would get into his soul and become a part of his life. And, a part of his music.
In 1984 Geoff moved to Los Angeles. LA. brought work in every corner of the music business, and exposure to many styles. Already a fan in Latin music, and Latin jazz in particular, Geoff would hone his skills in this style and in many others. He would perform with Quincy Jones and Mel Torme; record with (and arrange for) Ernestine Anderson on her grammy nominated CD “Blues, Dues & Love News”. He wrote for television, movies, and little by little drifted away from playing, finally quitting piano, to focus on his composing and arranging.