Geri Allen (jazz pianist)

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Born: Pontiac, Michigan, USA
Died: -
Active: 80s-
Instruments: Piano

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Geri Allen (born June 12, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan) is an American composer, educator, and jazz pianist, raised in Detroit, Michigan, and educated in the Detroit Public Schools. Allen has worked with many of the greats of modern music, including Ornette Coleman, Ron Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Tony Williams, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Betty Carter, and Charles Lloyd. She cites her primary influences to be her parents, Mount Vernell Allen Jr, and Barbara Jean Allen, and her primary musical influences to be mentors Marcus Belgrave, Donald Waldon, and Betty Carter, as well as pianists Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams, Hank Jones, Alice Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell, and mentor Dr. Billy Taylor. Allen is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 Etudes Charlie Haden / Paul Motian feat. Geri Allen 1
1989 In the Year of the Dragon Geri Allen, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian 1
1989 Segments Geri Allen, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian 1
1991 The Nurturer Geri Allen 1
1992 Maroons Geri Allen 1
1996 Eyes... in the Back of Your Head Geri Allen 1
1996 Some Aspects of Water Geri Allen 2
1998 Three Pianos for Jimi Geri Allen 1
1998 The Gathering Geri Allen 1
2004 The Life of a Song Geri Allen, Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette 1
2006 Timeless Portraits and Dreams Geri Allen 1
2010 Flying Toward the Sound Geri Allen 1
The Gathering Geri Allen 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 The Montreal Tapes Live Charlie Haden with Geri Allen and Paul Motian 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
The Printmakers Geri Allen 1

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