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All- Female Jazz Camp

Congratulations from Geri Allen to Down Beat Critic's Poll Winners, Nicole Mitchell, Terri Lynn Carrington and Tia Fuller! NJPac is hosting it's first All- Female Jazz Camp, "where girls are heard", at Montclair State University next week, June 30th - July 5th. Downbeat Critic's Poll Winners, Nicole Mitchell, Terri Lynn Carrington and Tia Fuller, along with Marcus Belgrave, Carmen Lundy, Romero Lubambo, James Burton III, Linda Oh, and up and coming drummer Savannah Harris will serve as faculty for a one week musical intensive of creativity, community and mentorship, serving a talented group of students under the artistic direction of Geri Allen. The campers will participate in panel discussions by leaders in the field, on developing trends in the world of Jazz. A film presentation honoring the memory of Jazz Piano Legend, Terry Pollard will be premiered during that week. Congratulations to our Downbeat Critic's Poll Winners, and thank you to all of our faculty, participants and to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for hosting this very special week long event. Many of our faculty will also be featured at The Stone in NYC during the week of July 2-6, along with Pheeroan AkLaff who will perform with Nicole Mitchell July 3rd, and Laurie Anderson who will perform in a duo setting with Geri Allen, July 6th. Sets at 8 and 10. Please visit The Stone website for details. Geri A. Allen Director, Jazz Studies Department of Music University of Pittsburgh 130 Music Building 4337 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260 gaallen@pitt.edu 412 624-4187

 

Geri Allen To Receive Berklee Honor

Geri Allen Congratulations to SESAC affiliate, jazz pianist Geri Allen who will be honored by Berklee School of Music with an honorary doctor of music degree during commencement ceremonies on May 10. Allen is being recognized for her achievements and influences in music and for her enduring contributions to American and international culture. Allen will be joined by fellow honorees Led Zepplin’s Jimmy Page, Ashford & Simpson’s Valerie Simpson and musician and educator, Thara Memory. Geri Allen is a pianist, composer, educator, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. Over her expansive career, the Detroit native released nearly 20 albums as a leader, and worked with Ornette Coleman, Betty Carter, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marcus Belgrave, Jimmy Cobb, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motion. The first recipient of the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for jazz, Allen was also the first woman and youngest ever recipient of the Danish Jazzpar Prize. Her work has been featured in the Peabody-winning film Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, on Carrington's Grammy-winning album The Mosaic Project, and Andy Bey's Grammy-nominated album American Song. She was recently commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to compose a piece to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. In 2013, Allen returned to her alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, to serve as director of jazz studies. She continues to tour with the Geri Allen Trio and her tap quartet, Timeline.

Musical Celebration With the Highest of Aspirations

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra opens its 2013-14 season

Geri's song, ""Unconditional Love" appeared on Terri Lyne Carrington's Grammy winning album, Mosaic. It was honored with the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year.

“This album is not just amazing but history making, having the likes of Geri Allen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Anat Cohen, Angela Davis, Sheila E. Nona Hendryx, Ingrid Jensen, Mimi Jones, Carmen Lundy, Chia-Yin Carol Ma, Hailey Niswanger, Gretchen Parlato, Tineke Postma, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Linda Taylor, Shea Rose, Patrice Rushen, Helen Sung and Cassandra Wilson. Never was there a project that involved all these individuals together and time will tell if there’ll be a repeat. Quincy Jones has been known for bringing together a multitude of talented individuals and creating projects, in the same way Terri can be thought of as Quenelle Jonelle, the female version that mirrors Quincy, bringing together a talented cast of female artists.” - Sam Archer, Philadelphia Examiner

In concert with the Christmas Season, Motema Music has released GERI ALLEN: ‘A CHILD IS BORN’ The rare Christmas record that transcends background music, nostalgia or pure business, this first Christmas album by the jazz pianist Geri Allen is serious and thoughtful. She rearranges songs like “We Three Kings” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” for solo piano and other instruments including celesta and Farfisa organ, darkening them into unanswerable questions; in her hands, they sound influenced by late Coltrane, late-1960s Miles Davis and gospel music. She also weaves in under-a-minute snippets of multitracked improvisations and recorded segments of singing by theGee’s Bend Quilters Collective, the Alabaman craftswomen. (Motema, $14.99) BEN RATLIFF - The New York Times 11/25/11

"A Child Is Born", Geri Allen's solo piano driven sequel, to her critically acclaimed solo piano debut, 2010's Flying Toward the Sound. She refers to A Child Is Born as "a joyous Christmas celebration and remembrance of a childhood where love was always unconditional." Allen, creates a sonic bridge for sharing traditional Christmas melodies from around the world and original Christmas songs, with family and friends.

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards nominates Geri Allen & Timeline Live for outstanding Jazz Album. The Award Ceremony will be televised on March 4th, 2011 on Fox Network; 8/7C.

pages 36 - 42 in www.Jazziz.com 3D Issue
Ted Pankin's shares about GERI ALLEN's success in August 2010's addition of the digital magazine JAZZIZ: HOW GREAT THOU ART "With the release of two new albums, pianist Geri Allen cements her standing as a modern master."
pages 36 - 42 in www.Jazziz.com 3D Issue

TRIO 3 AND GERI ALLEN celebrate the centennial of Mary Lou Williams
Performance at Birdland 315 W. 44th St., New York, N.Y. August 17 – August 20
-THE NEW YORKER

Jul 22, 2010 ... Geri Allen and Timeline “Live” (Dig) is the rewardingly
bold new statement from Ms. Allen, a wise and dynamic ...

Jazz Listings - New York Times

June 10, 2010 ...The feisty pianist has always had a knack for knowing
who the compatible wild cards are and, with Ravi Coltrane and Jeff Watts

-VILLAGE VOICE

Jun 2, 2010 ... TRIO 3 WITH GERI ALLEN Never mind the redundancy in the title,
or that this avant-garde collective actually works here as a ...

Jazz Listings - Schedule - NYTimes.com

May 30, 2010 ... The pianist Geri Allen recently picked up on an old jazz tradition:
a live band collaborating with a tap dancer. “Live” (Motema), a new ...

Jazz Listings - Schedule - NYTimes.com

Apr 22, 2010 ... GERI ALLEN QUARTET Geri Allen's pianism reflects a spectrum of blues
and gospel tonalities, and she rarely settles ...

Jazz Listings - Schedule - NYTimes.com

Apr 15, 2010 ... GERI ALLEN QUARTET Geri Allen's pianism reflects a spectrum of blues
and gospel tonalities, and she rarely ...

Jazz Listings - Schedule - NYTimes.com

Geri Allen and Timeline by Michael Gallant
-Keyboard Magazine

CD RELEASE PARTY for "TIMELINE" MOTEMA MUSIC @ IRIDIUM
Geri Allen Brings Her Radical Jazz & Tap Dance Quartet Timeline To The Iridium,
July 23-25

"IN STORE" LIVE PERFORMANCE at J&R June 25th FEATURING KASSA OVERALL.
GERI ALLEN WILL BE SIGNING CD'S

FLYING TOWARD THE SOUND FEATURE "The Best New Jazz Of 2010 (so far)."
-NPR MUSIC'S TAKE FIVE: A Weekly Jazz Sampler

CARNEGIE HALL HONORS MS. JESSEYE NORMAN:
A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy
-CARNEGIE HALL

GERI ALLEN AND TIMELINE LIVE CD REVIEW BY MARK F. TURNER
-ALL ABOUT JAZZ

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