Jon Geiger cuts a vein for his audience. Called one of the most soulful vocalists and guitarists in the music scene, he has garnered significant notice from some pretty spectacular people and industry trades.
A veteran of the Austin Music scene, Jon grew up in New York and became a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu just to make it home from school safely on the tough streets of Harlem. The deep soul of BB King’s “Live at the Regal” and the ferocious intensity of Eric Clapton’s guitar work were life changing for Jon. Playing guitar became Jon’s reason for living. The talent and passion of teenage Jon were quickly recognized by jazz greats such as Emily Remler and Hiram Bullock, both of whom took him on as a private student. Remler even referred to Jon as her protégé. His talent earned him a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. “John Scofield and Mike Stern (both of whom played with MIles Davis) were both as big a part of my path as Emily and Hiram. They would hand me off in some cases from one to the other when they toured,” recalls Geiger. “I studied at their knee in their homes and no one cheered louder when I got my scholarships,” Geiger says. After completing his studies in Boston, Jon promptly moved to Austin and began working alongside the Austin greats and playing Antones and the Texas blues haunts.
After an auto accident, doctors told Jon he would never walk again. Jon refused to accept that, so he rehabilitated himself and, five years later, he ran his first marathon. A subsequent auto accident left him with no feeling in his hand but, again, Jon resolved to do anything necessary to recover and play guitar. Now, Jon is turning heads on the Los Angeles music scene with his unique blend of captivating guitar work, soaring vocals and artful songwriting.
Jon has accrued a veritable binder of accolades from the press from Texas through Los Angeles and has been hand-picked by greats ranging from Robben Ford, John Mayall, Charlie Sexton, Doyle Bramhall, and Joe Ely to open their shows. Geiger is probably one of the industry’s “best kept secrets.” However, that won’t hold for long. He’s already paid his dues and, everywhere this artist has graced a stage, people remember his passion… often years later.