Pianist, 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.
"The jazz community will never be the same with the loss of one of our geniuses,