From straight ahead jazz, funk and pop, to the avant garde, Greg Goebel is considered one of the Northwest's first call pianists. Praised by critics for "manifesting his ideas with the immediacy and sureness of a master craftsman" (Jazz Times) and as "a force that is stretching known boundaries and moving the music into new territory" (Larry Koonse), pianist Greg Goebel shows himself as firmly rooted in tradition while simultaneously proving to be a unique voice among a new generation.
Greg Goebel was born in Oregon and began playing piano and composing music from an early age. “Greg has personally done more to elevate the performance level of our students than any other person, graduate or undergraduate, who has attended the University of Oregon in at least the last fifteen years,” said the school upon his graduation. Greg then moved to Portland, OR where he quickly became one of the most in demand pianists in the area. Goebel has recorded and toured extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, and Japan.
Currently recording and touring with singer Gino Vannelli, his contributions can be heard on the CD, The Best and Beyond as well as the DVD, Live in L.A. A long time member of David Friesen's Circle 3 Trio, his work can be heard on Friesen’s 2009 CD, Five and Three, the 2011 CD, Circle of Three, the 2013 release, Brilliant Heart, and 2014’s Where the Light Falls. In 2013, Greg’s first album as a leader, Rainy City, was released to critical acclaim. “Goebel deserves all the praise hereabouts. He’s a burner!" (George Fendell/JSO). "Greg Goebel is one of about half a dozen pianists that are redefining the instrument, the literature and the useful purpose of the piano and doing it with the skills of a master." 5 Stars! (Brent Black/@CriticalJazz).
In addition to keeping a busy schedule in Portland, Goebel has had the pleasure of performing with notable musicians such as John Handy, Dick Oatts, Terrell Stafford, Larry Koonse, Houston Person, Byron Stripling, Pete Christlieb, and many others. When not touring, Greg enjoys performing locally with a wide variety of artists and teaching motivated students of all experience levels.