Geoffrey Tolzer ~ Swankton
Saturday Evening, 11 to 12 a.m.
"cool stories and cold martinis "
“PDs, this show will make your overnight”- Joseph Dougherty, PRX Ed. Board
Jazz singer/pianist and radio fabulist Geoffrey Leigh Tozer was born in Englewood, New Jersey . . . a long time ago. He grew up fast on the shores of the Hudson River studying classical music and piano in high school and college and later jazz and cabaret in nightclubs on the upper East Side of Manhattan. Just before graduating from Columbia University with an MBA in Corporate Finance he was offered a gig singing at a piano bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was the first leg of a fascinating journey and worldwide singing and storytelling career.
Putting his MBA to work he started as an options trader in downtown Manhattan and quickly rose to partner in the investment banking firm of Gilford Securities. But Wall Street wasn’t his passion. After only seven years he gave up his three piece suits and wingtips to concentrate fully on his real love; performing. Soon Hollywood called and he was off to California to begin a career as film and television composer, actor and cabaret singer (9 ½ Ninjas, When The Party’s Over, Sensations, Sunset Heat, Car 54 Where Are You?, Wild West’s Most Wanted (Discovery), Behind The Sun, The Dress, Mrs. Satan, Miss/Match, Bella Mafia, Spicy City (HBO), Knott’s Landing(CBS).
And all this time he was perfecting his storytelling skills in small theaters, cabarets and major venues. Recently he headlined at the Sixth Annual Los Angeles Storytelling Festival. But his true calling is on the radio as a storyteller. “It’s all I want to do, I absolutely crave it” he says. And he has developed the character and the radio show Sly Crooner of Swanktown to satisfy that hunger.