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Allen, Geri, jazz pianist and composer; b. Pontiac, Mich., June 12, 1957. Allen is an acclaimed soloist and composer who began attracting attention in the early 1980s in non-traditional contexts. Raised in Detroit, she was classically trained and later became immersed in jazz, at which point Marcus Belgrave became a mentor at Cass Technical H.S. After graduating with a degree in jazz studies from Howard Univ. in 1979, she studied with Kenny Barron in N.Y., then attended the Univ. of Pittsburgh where she earned a Masters in ethnomusicology, writing her thesis on Eric Dolphy. She returned to N.Y.C. in 1982 and became part of Steve Coleman’s M-Base movement in Brooklyn. She has worked with Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Wallace Roney (a friend from Howard Univ. days), and has led her own groups. She worked with Betty Carter and appeared on her live recording Feed the Fire and on Carter’s appearance as part of a Kurt Weill public television tribute. She has the distinction of being one of the only pianists ever to work with Omette Coleman. Allen has taught as an assistant professor of music at Howard and was given that university’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the SESAE Special Achievement Award, the Eubie Blake Award from Cultural Crossroads, and the Jazzpar award from Denmark, and was voted a Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in Down Beat magazine’s 1993 and 1994 Critics Polls. She has also written for the theater.

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