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.
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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