Personalities | Geri Allen | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, b. 1957)

Raised in Detroit, pianist-composer Allen emerged in New York City with older midwestern avant-gardists such as Lester Bowie and Oliver Lake, and hometown colleagues including saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Her albums feature elusive but lyrical compositions for small ensembles. She toured briefly and recorded Feel The Fire (1993) with singer Betty Carter, and has worked with her husband, trumpeter Wallace Roney. Allen performed as Mary Lou Williams in Robert Altman’s film Kansas City (1996).

Styles & Forms | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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