George Mamalakis grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. When he was 8 he began 11 years of classical piano studies. After attending UCSB, his primary musical focus was Jazz and Jazz/Fusion. His continuing musical education included 6 years of study with his mentor Terry Trotter, renowned LA Jazz Pianist.
During the late 80s and early 90s, George was the keyboard player for the popular Jazz/Fusion band Mirage, which performed weekly at Joseppi’s Jazz bar on State Street in Santa Barbara.
Besides Terry Trotter, George’s influences include Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, and Eliane Elias. In addition to George’s Trio involvement, he is currently the keyboard player for the Jazz/Fusion quartet Transfusion.
The George Mamalakis Trio has been playing continuously at Stella Mares in Santa Barbara since 1997.