June 12, 1957 - June 27, 2017
On Friday, March 12th at 5PM PT, SFJAZZ presents a remarkable trio featuring the late great pianist Geri Allen, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and 2021 NEA Jazz Master and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Filmed in Nov 2015, this concert is easily one of the landmark moments to occur on the Miner Auditorium stage, and it marked Allen’s last appearance at the SFJAZZ Center before her passing in 2017. Tune in by becoming an SFJAZZ Digital Member, starting at $5 per month. https://www.sfjazz.org/watch
"'Was She Happy?' An Inside View of Kassa Overall and Vijay Iyer's Tribute to Geri Allen"
"Pianist Geri Allen, born on this day in 1957, was the common bond for countless musicians."
"Among them are Vijay Iyer, a sworn disciple, and Kassa Overall, her longtime drummer. Last summer they recorded a duo session that would yield the closing track on Overall’s daring and acclaimed recent album, I Think I’m Good (Brownswood Recordings)."
Read the full article by Nate Chinen for WBGO
"Geri Allen Tribute Quintet: Paying Respect to a Jazz Queen"
"... the Spoleto Festival USA Wells Fargo Jazz Series presented a special tribute to her life and legacy by presenting a Geri Allen Tribute Quintet program, which was held on May 30, 2019. The event took place on a warm, slightly humid night at the College of Charleston Cistern Yard.
This celebrated quintet, who gathered in the Lowcountry to performed this musical extravaganza in her honor, were drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianist Craig Taborn, bassist Robert Hurst, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut. They came to Charleston to celebrate the life of a true jazz queen, and did exactly that."
Read the full review by Hakim Abdul-Ali at The Charleston Chronicle
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.
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Geri's Latest Recording
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Geri Allen – piano
Terri Lyne Carrington – drums