Celebrate the legacy of the late Detroit jazz legend
Detroiter Geri Allen was introduced to jazz by her father. In a career that spanned more than 35 years, she recorded, performed and collaborated with some of the most important artists of our time including Ornette Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, George Shirley, Dewey Redman, Jimmy Cobb, Sandra Turner-Barnes, Charles Lloyd, Marcus Belgrave, Betty Carter, Jason Moran, Lizz Wright, Marian McPartland, Roy Brooks, Vijay Iyer, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Laurie Anderson, Terri Lynn Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Hal Willner, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carrie Mae Weems, Angélique Kidjo, Mary Wilson and The Supremes, Howard University’s Afro-Blue and many others. Geri Allen contributed some of the most groundbreaking and forward-thinking music of the time before her unexpected death in 2017. The remarkable pianist leaves behind a wealth of material that will educate future generations of musicians. She was a cutting-edge performing artist, working internationally up until her death, and tonight students from the U-M's jazz program explore aspects of her deep legacy.