Jessica Nicholas:

Farewell Geri

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Page added Jun 29, 2017 Updated Jul 12, 2017

Geri Allen - the influential American pianist - has passed away at the age of 60, and we're honouring her memory on this week's show.

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We'll hear the late pianist in a variety of settings, and also hear Australian pianist Andrea Keller with her own tribute to Geri Allen. Plus there's live music from Swiss trio MaxMantis - recorded earlier this month at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival - and more highlights from this year's Jazzahead event in Germany.

Tracks in this program

1. ‘In Appreciation: A Celebration Song’ - Geri Allen / Dave Holland / Jack DeJohnette 
CD: The Life of a Song, 2004

2. ‘Your Pure Self (Mother to Son)’ - Geri Allen 
CD: Flying Toward the Sound, 2010

3. ‘Feed the Fire’ - Betty Carter  
CD: Feed the Fire, 1994

4. ‘Lady Geri’ - Andrea Keller Quartet 
CD: Little Claps, 2007

5. ‘Birds’ - Trish Delaney-Brown
ABC Jazz recording, 2017

6. ‘Riser’ - Rob Luft 
CD: Riser, 2017

7. ‘December Avenue’ - Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet 
CD: December Avenue, 2017

8. ‘Entre le Boeuf’ and
9. ‘Redback Bandits’ - MaxMantis
2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (ABC Jazz recording)

10. ‘Waiting for Godot’ - Judy Bailey
CD: Speakeasy, 2001

11. ‘Emptiness’ - Trio Elf 
CD: MusicBoxMusic, 2016

12. ‘B & H’ - Parisien / Peirani / Schaerer / Wollny
CD: Out of Land, 2017

13. ‘Django’ - Chano Dominguez 
CD: Over the Rainbow, 2017

14. ‘Trawangan’ - Jeremy Rose 
CD: Within and Without, 2017

Presenter: Jessica Nicholas
Image: Geri Allen's Website
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Jun 29, 2017. 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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Artist Biography


Geri Allen (born June 12, 1957 in Pontiac, Michigan) is an American composer, educator, and jazz pianist, raised in Detroit, Michigan, and educated in the Detroit Public Schools. Allen has worked with many of the greats of modern music, including Ornette Coleman, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, and Charles Lloyd. She cites her primary influences to be her parents, Mount...

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On Jun 29, 2017. 9:26pm
Anonymous said

The loss of this remarkably gifted lady, at a reasonably young age by today's standards, is a terrible loss to jazz. Her incredible playing and teaching skills will be sorely missed.
Geri's astounding 1994 album, "Twenty One", is a true thriller. Joined by legendary Miles' alumni Ron Carter and the late Tony Williams, Geri kicks off this excursion in exhilarating style on "RTG". Recommended.
Thankyou Ms Allen for your many wondrous contributions to jazz.
With respect and admiration,
Christopher Lynch.

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