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Nicole Mitchell Remembers Geri Allen 

I can’t express enough what it meant in my early 20s to see Geri Allen, a woman instrumentalist, who looked like one of my aunties, standing elegantly fierce on what appeared to be the highest peak of respect in the jazz community. Pianist-composer Geri Allen was always steadily accomplishing incredible creativity with great integrity. Upon … Read More “Nicole Mitchell Remembers Geri Allen “

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Farewell: Fred Anderson

The first time I stepped into the Velvet Lounge, on July 28, 1997, it was like walking into the beginning of my life. Before that, I thought I was playing music and I thought I knew what love and community was. My big brother Hamid Drake had been playing with the Velvet’s proprietor and spiritual … Read More “Farewell: Fred Anderson”

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