Geoff Matthews

Knoxville, Tennessee


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Geoff MatthewsKnoxville, TNGeoff Matthews, 78, relinquished this earthly life on Saturday, October 14, 2017, following a year and a half battle with leukemia.He leaves behind his wife of 17 years, Charlene "Chuckie" Kirby, his stepson Robert Kleban with wife Torrie Kleban and grandson...

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Geoff and I were teenage friends in the same village, doing all the usual things and both having an interest in jazz. When he went to Canada we lost touch for a while, then 40 years later he came and found me, and we picked up the conversation as if we had parted a few days ago. We were lucky enough to visit him and Charlene in Knoxville and they visited us on several occasions. He was my good friend for over 60 years and I shall miss him very much

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Jazz musicians and fans alike will miss this remarkable man who made the Knoxville music scene better. A fine pianist, Geoff was visible wherever folks gathered for a gig. Whether at KMA or at East Tennessee Jazz Society, he contributed significantly to the excellence that is now a hallmark of the Knoxville jazz experience. We will all miss Geoff and offer our condolences to his widow and family.