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Howard University 2017 Jazz Ensemble: A Tribute to Geri Allen (HUJE)

The late pianist Geri Allen, who died in June 2017 at age 60, was one of the first graduates of Howard’s jazz program and a member of HUJE during the late ’70s; she later became a Howard faculty member as well. This project honors her adventurous and confident spirit. First the 2017 ensemble digs into … Read More “Howard University 2017 Jazz Ensemble: A Tribute to Geri Allen (HUJE)”

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Field Notes: Newport 2017, Day Two

There’s a very true cliché that jazz musicians, producers, promoters and other industry folks like to deploy in case of emergency, when something that had been carefully planned goes awry. It goes something like: Jazz musicians can improvise, so this unexpected logistical hiccup is really just another opportunity for inspired spontaneity. It came in handy … Read More “Field Notes: Newport 2017, Day Two”

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Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio: Perfection

As great as saxophonist David Murray, pianist Geri Allen and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington are separately, it’s truly difficult to remember the last time any of them sounded as good as they all do together on Perfection. The members of the jazz “power trio” share a chemistry that gives their music remarkable strength. That chemistry … Read More “Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio: Perfection”

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