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Radio & Podcasts

Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 2

Read "Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome to the second part of this week's edition of Mondo Jazz dedicated to the one and only Geri Allen (click here for Part 1), the monumental pianist who would have turned 65 this year, and has left a body of work that will continue to play a fundamental influence on generations of musicians. Her unique synthesis of influences comes across through a beautiful songbook which we'll explore through her original interpretations and those of her peers. Happy ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 1

Read "Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we celebrate the work of pianist Geri Allen whose contribution to the jazz world was cut short too early. The fruits of her legacy, however, have already been evident for some time. There are so many among today's pianists who are in their late 40s, from Jason Moran to Ethan Iverson, from Vijay Iyer to Aruan Ortiz or David Virelles, in whose piano playing one can feel the influence of the Pontiac native. And when you hear today's ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Gemini Jazz - Birthday Celebrations for Irene Higginbotham, Hazel Scott, Geri Allen and More

Read "Gemini Jazz - Birthday Celebrations for Irene Higginbotham, Hazel Scott, Geri Allen and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Included are mid-June birthday shoutouts to Irene Higginbotham ("Good Morning Heartache"), and pianists Hazel Scott, Kenny Barron, Monika Herzig and Geri Allen, along with new releases from La Lucha, Dena DeRose, Sara Serpa and a final recording from Larry Willis. Thanks for listening and please continue to support all of these fine musicians -buy their recordings in this time of lockdown. Playlist Hazel Scott “Git Up From There" from Relaxed Piano Moods (Original Jazz Classics) 00:00 Terri Lyne ...

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Jazz Bastard

November 2017: Geri Allen, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Big Band, Thelonious Monk

Read "November 2017: Geri Allen, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis  Big Band, Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Welcome to our monthly look at what's happening on the Jazz Bastard podcast! November is packed, so let's get to it: Episode 127 (live November 1, 2017) looks at the early career of pianist Geri Allen, who died June 27 of this year. Neither of us had listened extensively to her recordings before, so Ethan Iverson's discussion of her early music from his “Do the Math" blog provided helpful guidance. We discuss Geri as an in-and-out player and ...

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Live Review

ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding at Mesa Arts Center

Read "ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding at Mesa Arts Center" reviewed by Patricia Myers


ACS: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ October 22, 2013 The performance by ACS, the trio of pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Esperanza Spalding, was a bold collaboration that showcased each individual talent and their intense synergy. The repertoire included a salute to Wayne Shorter, via his charts, that the trio has been performing around the nation and overseas in observance of ...

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Catching Up With

Geri Allen: Apollo's Muse

Read "Geri Allen:  Apollo's Muse" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar


Pianist/composer Geri Allen is gearing up for her role as artistic director for an especially ambitious production of the 2013 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival at the Apollo Theater. Presented as “Geri Allen & Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo," the program will offer two shows on May 11, 2013 that explore the legacy of such jazz greats as singers Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter and Nancy Wilson, among others. One ...

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Live Review

Geri Allen Quartet at the Kimmel Center

Read "Geri Allen Quartet at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Geri Allen QuartetJazz Up Close Celebrates Thelonious Monk SeriesKimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman TheaterPhiladelphia, PA December 4, 2010 Once, when asked to define “jazz," Count Basie simply replied, “Tap your feet." At this December, 2010 concert, the fourth member of pianist Geri Allen's quartet turned out to do just that. Maurice Chestnut is a brilliant youthful tap dancer who works with a variety of music ensembles. In this concert performance at Philadelphia's ...


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