Geri Allen
June 12, 1957 - June 27, 2017

Esperanza Spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington are the resident ensemble for the Detroit Jazz Festival and are doing 3 shows honoring Geri Allen in her hometown:

Aug. 31 - "Open On All Sides" (creative music side of Geri) w/ Kris Davis, Nicole M. Mitchell, Ravi Coltrane and Maurice Chestnut

Sept. 2 - "Dreamtime" (with orchestra, lush but focused on some of her dense material with synthesizer as well) w/ Craig Taborn, Nicholas Payton Gary Thomas, Nêgah Santos, Maurice Chestnut Taps and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra

Sept. 3 - "Flying Toward the Sound" (featuring technology, Farah will be remote from NY, DJ and synths) w/ Leo Genovese, Farah Jasmine Griffin, and Kassa Overall

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DownBeat 2018

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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