Geri AllenComposer and pianist Geri Allen began music lessons at age seven. After receiving a bachelor's degree in jazz studies from Howard University, she moved to New York in 1982. Her background includes work in an early edition of the funk-metal band Living Colour and as a jazz sideman with Oliver Lake, Frank Lowe, Steve Coleman, and Ralph Peterson.
Her album "The Nurturer" is a tribute to her high school mentor Marcus Belgrave and contains original compositions that incorporate African rhythms.In 1991, she composed a musical theater piece about homelessness and the environment commissioned by American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia and cut an album of Jimmy Hendrix music recast for three pianos.
Geri passed away in june 2017.
Modern Day Jazz Stories
recorded 1995 in New York/USA
Courtney Pine, soprano sax, tenor sax, flute
Geri Allen, Hammond B3 organ, piano
Charnette Moffett, bass
Ronnie Burrage, drums, percussion
Eddie Henderson, trumpet
Cassandra Wilson, voice
Mark Whitfield, guitar