Geri Allen

Geri Allen
By Mitchell Seidel
Geri Allen
By Mitchell Seidel
Wallace Roney and Geri Allen
By John Abbott
Geri Allen
By John Abbott
Wallace Roney and Geri Allen
By John Abbott
Geri Allen
By Shonna Valeska
Geri Allen at Cape May Jazz Festival
Geri Allen
Geri Allen
Geri Allen with students at Jazz in July program at University of Massachusetts
Geri Allen performing with her group Timeline during the 2011 Montreal International Jazz Festival
(l-r) Christian Sands, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Harolyn Blackwell, Geri Allen, Winard Harper, Carmen Lundy, Connaitre Miller, Chip Jackson, Terence Blanchard, Cyrus Chestnut, and Danilo Pérez perform during the finale of Jazz on the Elevens: A Tribute to Billy
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A major pianist since the 1980s, the flexible Geri Allen stretches from mainstream hard-bop to the avant-garde. Born in Pontiac, Mich., she learned about music and jazz at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit, where one of her main teachers was trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. She graduated from Howard University in 1979 with a degree in jazz studies. After moving to New York, Allen studied with Kenny Barron. She earned a master's in ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh and returned to New York in 1982, becoming an important part of the New York jazz scene. At first Allen was heard with many of the “M-Base” players and she played keyboards on a few of Steve Coleman’s albums. She made her debut as a leader on her album The Printmakers in 1984 and 1988’s Etude, a trio set with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, gained her attention.

She has since worked with Ornette Coleman (recording Sound Museum with Coleman in 1996), Dave Holland, Ravi Coltrane, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, Betty Carter and Mary Stallings, and toured as a member of the Charles Lloyd Quartet. She has also recorded CDs under her own name for Minor Music, Verve, Blue Note, Storyville and Telarc. Allen, who is married to trumpeter Wallace Roney, teaches at the University of Michigan as an Associate Professor of Jazz Piano & Improvisation Studies. Though influenced to an extent by Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Herbie Nichols, Geri Allen is a true original.


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Articles on Geri Allen

03/21/14    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Geri Allen, Thara Memory to Receive Honorary Berklee Degrees

03/01/14    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Geri Allen to Pay Tribute to Mary Lou Williams

11/24/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Geri Allen Plans 6-Night Run at Village Vanguard, Dec. 17-22

10/15/13    Features    By Renee Rosnes

Geri Allen: "Clear...with Compassion"

09/09/13    Concerts    By Mike Shanley

Review: The 34th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

07/01/13    Photos    By Greg Aiello

Photo Gallery: Wayne Shorter at Town Hall, NYC, June 28

05/04/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Geri Allen to Release new Solo Piano Album with Detroit Theme

11/14/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Cookers and Geri Allen to Share Bill in NYC

01/15/12    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

2011: The Year in Gigs

10/26/11    Features    By Thomas Conrad

Dream Weavers: Charles Lloyd’s Piano Legacy

10/21/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

41st Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert Set for Nov 1-5

09/23/11    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival 2011

07/27/11    News    By Cathy Passeri

Kennedy Center Releases CD from Mary Lou Williams Tribute Show

07/01/11    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

Day Two in Montreal: Cool Stuff on One Hot Day!

04/22/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz Comes Back in Harlem

10/01/10    News    By Lee Mergner

WBGO Kicks Off Jazz Concert Series for Kids

09/21/10    Education    By Shaun Brady

Geri Allen: A Life of Service

07/12/10    Albums    By Michael J. West

Flying Toward the Sound
Geri Allen

07/12/10    Albums    By Michael J. West

Flying Toward the Sound
Geri Allen

12/17/09    Concerts    By Lee Mergner

Cape May Jazz Festival - Fall

10/10/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Giants of Jazz Concert Honors Randy Weston

09/24/09    News    By Lee Mergner

The Kennedy Center Announces 2009-2010 Jazz Season

09/23/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz at Lincoln Center Celebrates Mary Lou Williams Centennial

03/19/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jazz At Lincoln Center Announces 2009-10 Season

October 2008    Cadenza    By Gary Giddins

Summer Nights

04/02/07    Concerts    By Willard Jenkins

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

02/27/07    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Portland Jazz Festival: A Celebration of ECM

January/February 2007    At Home    By Mitchell Seidel

Geri Allen

November 2006    Albums    By Terry Perkins

Timeless Portraits and Dreams
Geri Allen

November 2006    Albums    By Terry Perkins

Timeless Portraits and Dreams
Geri Allen

05/23/05    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival 2007

March 2005    Cadenza    By Gary Giddins

Last Year's CD Shelf

January/February 2005    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

The Year '04 in Review: Top 50 CDs

September 2004    Albums    By Ron Wynn

The Life of a Song
Geri Allen

September 2004    JT Notes    By Christopher Porter

Where Did They Go?

September 2004    Features    By John Murph

Geri Allen: Mothership Connection

08/13/03    Concerts    By Ashley Kahn

Hank Jones at The Blue Note

07/30/03    Concerts    By Ira Gitler

My Summer in Italy

07/16/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Estoril Jazz Festival 2001

March 2001    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Talkin' Stick
Oliver Lake Quintet with Geri Allen, Jay Hoggard, Belden Bullock, Cecil Brooks III

December 1999    JT Notes    By Lee Mergner

Sharing the Competition

October 1998    Albums    By Willard Jenkins

The Gathering
Geri Allen

May 1998    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Some Aspects of Water
Geri Allen Trio/Jazzpar 96 Nonet

December 1997    Albums    By Marcela Breton

Some Aspects of Water
Geri Allen Trio/Jazzpar 96 Nonet

October 1997    Albums    By Willard Jenkins

Eyes… in the back of Your Head
Geri Allen



The Gathering


Eyes… in the back of Your Head

Blue Note Records

Some Aspects of Water


The Life of a Song


The Life of a Song (SACD)


Jazzpar Concerts 2003


Timeless Portraits and Dreams


Talkin' Stick

Passin' Thru

Some Aspects of Water


Kenny Davis

Daken Records

Flying Toward the Sound

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