We are very saddened to hear of the death on Wednesday 15 January of a pivotal and immensely popular figure in British jazz, keyboard player/pianist Geoff Castle. The cause of death was complications associated with a long-term heart condition, but the overwhelming sense can only be one of shock: he had been until very recently as active, as busy, as generous with his time and his talent as he ever was. He was a member of bands such as Ian Carr’s Nucleus, and Paz. He was also an endlessly patient and kind educator, particularly working with singers. We will be adding tributes and memories, and details of a celebration that will happen at some point. In the meantime the jazz community and this site have lost a dear friend, a huge musician and a very kind man. In sadness. FULL BIOGRAPHY.
LINKS: Geoff Castle’s website
Geoff’s tribute for LJN to Stan Robinson
Geoff’s tribute for LJN to Frank Holder
Roger Farbey’s Ian Carr and Nucleus website
Geoff Castle. Publicity photo