Geri Allen
June 12, 1957 - June 27, 2017

June 8, 2018 @ 8:00PM
"Celebrating Geri Allen"
with Ravi Coltrane, Dave Holland and Terri Lyne Carrington

Healdsburg Jazz Festival
Raven Performing Arts Theater
Healdsburg, CA

June 14, 2018 @ 7:30PM
Terri Lyne Carrington: Celebrating Geri Allen's Genius, Grace and Fire
Sixth & I

Pianist-composer Geri Allen, will be remembered on with a DCJF exclusive: Terri Lyne Carrington: Celebrating Geri Allen's Genius, Grace and Fire. Ms. Allen, who mentored subsequent generations of Howard University music students while achieving an honored career as a performing and recording artist, jazz educator, passed away in 2017. Renowned drummer-bandleader-educator Terri Lyne Carrington, bring a list of stellar musicians including Bad Plus pianist Orrin Evans, rising star saxophonist Tia Fuller, swiftly emerging vocalist Charanee Wade, and DCJF’s 2018 artist-in-residence Ben Williams. The evening will also highlight the special partnership Geri Allen had with the late NEA Jazz Master vocalist Betty Carter, a major touchstone in Ms. Allen’s extraordinary career.

Ticket Information
$27.00 (Pre-sale), $30.00 (Advanced) • $35.00 (Day-Of)
General Admission • Doors Open: 7:00 PM | Show: 7:30 PM
Visit Sixth & I's page to purchase tickets!
600 I Street, NW | Washington, DC 20001 | 202.408.3100

It is with a heavy heart that we announce our beloved and brilliant Geri Allen passed away in the afternoon of June 27, 2017. In a career that spanned more than 35 years, Geri gifted us with her impeccable playing, composing, arranging and empowering young musicians everywhere by acknowledging the past and bringing the music forward with her innovative projects and her educational acumen.

Here is her aptly titled composition, "Unconditional Love" performed with Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington. Thank you Geri Allen for sharing unconditionally, your beautiful gift.

Geri's Latest Recording


  1. Mirror of Youth
  2. Barbara Allen
  3. Geri-Rigged
  4. The David, Geri & Terri Show
  5. The Nurturer
  6. Perfection
  7. D Special (Interlude)
  8. Samsara (for Wayne)
  9. For Fr. Peter O’Brien
  10. Cycles and Seasons


David Murray – saxophone
Geri Allen – piano
Terri Lyne Carrington – drums


See all of Geri's Recordings

Geri Allen is a Yamaha Artist

June 12, 1957 – June 27, 2017

Geri AllenPianist, composer, Guggenheim Fellow, and educator Geri Allen died on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from complications of cancer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had recently celebrated her 60th birthday.

Hailed as one of the most accomplished pianists and educators of her time, Allen’s most recent position was as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She was especially proud of performing with renowned pianist McCoy Tyner for the last two years, and was also part of two recent groundbreaking trios: ACS (Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Esperanza Spalding) and the MAC Power Trio with David Murray and Carrington – their debut recording Perfection was released on Motéma Music in 2016 to critical acclaim.

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