Geoff Warren studied flute with Derek Honner of the Royal Academy of Music and took his degree in Music at London University. He is a performing musician, composer and possibly Europe’s most active jazz flute clinician.
He started his career as flautist/saxophonist in the ranks of Graham Collier, with whom he played at major music festivals in Europe and Asia, working alongside famous musicians from the British jazz scene such as John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett, John Marshall and Roy Babbington. In 2012 Geoff conducted the BBC Big Band in their tribute to Graham Collier at the London Jazz Festival, and went on to conduct and oversee the recording of Collier’s last works for the posthumous double CD Luminosity, released in 2014.
As well as fronting his own bands, he has been particularly active in ethno-jazz crossover, touring and recording with jazz tablas player Badal Roy (historic sideman of Miles Davis), Tartar guitar-tapping virtuoso Enver Izmailov and many others. One Italian critic has written; “Geoff is able to throw himself into the most disparate of musical situations without ever losing his personal artistic integrity.”
Active throughout his career in the promotion and teaching of jazz flute, his work has been the subject of articles in flute magazines Pan in Great Britain, and Falaut in Italy, who described him as “one of the most representative jazz flautists of the 21st century”. From 1985 to 1993 he was a professor on the jazz faculty at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Geoff has presented Masterclasses at conservatoires and art institutions all over Europe, and every year he holds a Summer School in Abruzzo, Italy, which has attracted participants from all over the continent.
He is director of the Accademia Flauto Jazz in Verona, Italy.
In 2010 he recorded “Flute Fables” a CD for solo flute, produced by Peter Wiessmueller for the German label, TUTU Records.
In 2011 Geoff Warren became a Yamaha Artist.
2014 saw the release of “The Quartet Album” with his Italian quartet on FMR records, UK.