born on 12/6/1957 in Detroit, MI, United States
died on 27/6/2017 in Philadelphia, PA, United States
Allen was an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.
Early life and career
Allen was born in Pontiac, Michigan and educated in the Detroit Public Schools.
Later life and career
In 2006, Allen was commissioned to compose "For the Healing of the Nations", a Sacred Jazz Suite for Voices, written in tribute to the victims, survivors and their families of the September 11 attacks. The suite was performed by Howard University's Afro-Blue Jazz Choir, under the direction of Connaitre Miller.
Allen had been a longtime resident of Montclair, New Jersey before moving to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 2012 after being offered the position of Director of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh.
Allen died on June 27, 2017, two weeks after her 60th birthday, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after suffering from cancer.
|1984||The Printmakers||Minor Music||Anthony Cox, Andrew Cyrille|
|1985||Home Grown||Minor Music||Solo piano|
|1986||Open on All Sides in the Middle||Minor Music||Racy Biggs, Robin Eubanks, David McMurray, Steve Coleman, Jaribu Shahid, Tani Tabbal, Shahita Nurallah, Marcus Belgrave, Mino Cinelu, Lloyd Storey|
|1989||Twylight||Minor Music||Jaribu Shahid, Tani Tabbal, Sadiq Bey, Eli Fountain, Clarice Taylor Bell|
|1989||In the Year of the Dragon||JMT||Charlie Haden, Paul Motian|
|1989||Segments||DIW||Charlie Haden, Paul Motian|
|1990||The Nurturer||Blue Note||Marcus Belgrave, Kenny Garrett, Robert Hurst, Eli Fountain|
|1990||Live at the Village Vanguard||DIW||Charlie Haden, Paul Motian|
|1992||Maroons||Blue Note||Marcus Belgrave, Wallace Roney, Anthony Cox, Dwayne Dolphin, Pheeroan akLaff, Tani Tabbal|
|1994||Twenty One||Blue Note||Ron Carter, Tony Williams|
|1995–96||Eyes in the Back of Your Head||Blue Note||Wallace Roney, Ornette Coleman, Cyro Baptista|
|1996||Some Aspects of Water||Storyville||Henrik Bolberg Pedersen, Johnny Coles, Kjeld Ipsen, Axel Windfeld, Michael Hove, Uffe Markussen, Palle Danielsson, Lenny White|
|1998||The Gathering||Verve||Wallace Roney, Robin Eubanks, Dwight Andrews, Vernon Reid, Ralphe Armstrong, Buster Williams, Lenny White, Mino Cinelu|
|2004||The Life of a Song||Telarc||Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette|
|2006||Timeless Portraits and Dreams||Telarc||Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb with Wallace Roney, Donald Walden, Carmen Lundy, George Shirley, and The Atlanta Jazz Chorus directed by Dwight Andrews|
|2010||Flying Toward the Sound||Motéma||Solo piano|
|2010||Geri Allen & Timeline Live||Motéma||Kenny Davis, Kassa Overall, Maurice Chestnut|
|2011||A Child Is Born||Motéma||Solo keyboards with vocalists|
|2012||Grand River Crossings||Motéma||"Motown & Motor City Inspirations", solo piano featuring Marcus Belgrave, David McMurray|
|2016||Perfection||Motéma||Trio featuring David Murray and Terri Lyne Carrington|
With Cecil Brooks III
- The Collective (Muse, 1989)
With Roy Brooks
- Duet in Detroit (Enja, 1989 )
With Betty Carter
- Droppin' Things (Verve, 1993)
- Feed the Fire (Verve, 1993)
With Ornette Coleman
- Sound Museum: Hidden Man (Harmolodic/Verve, 1996)
- Sound Museum: Three Women (Harmolodic/Verve, 1996)
With Steve Coleman
- Motherland Pulse (JMT, 1985)
- And Five Elements: On the Edge of Tomorrow (JMT, 1986)
- And Five Elements: World Expansion (JMT, 1986)
- And Five Elements: Sine Die (Pangaea, 1986) on one track only
With Buddy Collette
- Flute Talk (Soul Note, 1988) with James Newton
With Charlie Haden
- Etudes (Soul Note, 1987)
- The Montreal Tapes: with Geri Allen and Paul Motian (Verve, 1989 )
- The Montreal Tapes: Liberation Music Orchestra (Verve, 1989 )
With Oliver Lake
- Expandable Language (Black Saint, 1984)
- Otherside (Gramavision, 1988)
- Talkin' Stick (Passin' Thru, 2000)
- At This Time (Intakt, 2009)
With Charles Lloyd
- Lift Every Voice (ECM, 2002)
- Jumping the Creek (ECM, 2004)
With Frank Lowe
- Decision in Paradise (Soul Note, 1984)
With Paul Motian
- Monk in Motian (JMT, 1988)
With Greg Osby
- Mindgames (JMT, 1988)
With Dewey Redman
- Living on the Edge (Black Saint, 1989)
- Dream Come True (GCR 1979 reissued Celeste Japan 2008)
With Woody Shaw
- Bemsha Swing (Blue Note, 1986 )
With John Stubblefield
- Bushman Song (Enja, 1986)
With Gary Thomas
- By Any Means Necessary (JMT, 1989)
- At This Time (Intakt, 2009)
- Celebrating Mary Lou Williams (Intakt, 2011)
With the Mary Lou Williams Collective
- Zodiac Suite: Revisited (Mary, 2006)
- Kansas City (A Robert Altman Film, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Verve, 1996)
Geri Allen portrays jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams and performs with the jazz band in the Robert Altman film Kansas City.
- List of jazz pianists
- Lars Helgert ([s.d.]). Allen, Geri. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Accessed July 2017. (subscription required).
- Mark Gilbert, Gary W. Kennedy ([s.d.]). Allen, Geri. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Accessed July 2017. (subscription required).
- Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London: Penguin Books. p. 8. ISBN 0-141-00646-3.
- Staudter, Thomas. "Making Jazz and Family, Home and the Road Work Together", The New York Times, September 9, 2001. Accessed September 18, 2017. "Her luggage already packed for a late afternoon flight to San Francisco, Geri Allen, a jazz pianist, still had several precious hours remaining before her departure out of Newark, so she was filling the morning in the company of three children, ages 3 to 11. Ms. Allen's husband, Wallace Roney, a trumpeter, had returned home after midnight from an evening rehearsal at Carnegie Hall, and to respect his need to sleep, mother and children romped in the yard until growling stomachs sent them back inside to the breakfast table.... Ms. Allen and Mr. Roney have lived in their three-story frame house in Montclair, a short trip from Manhattan, since 1991." Geri Allen and Wallace Roney were divorced in 2008.
- Adlet, David R. (27 June 2017). "Geri Allen, Brilliantly Expressive Pianist, Composer and Educator, Dies at 60". WGBO. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
- Jazzlists: Geri Allen: leader and co-leader discography, accessed November 22, 2017
- Geri Allen discography, accessed November 22, 2017
- Jazzlists: Geri Allen sidewoman: main albums and selected single artist collections, accessed November 22, 2017