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Geri Allen Enters the DownBeat Hall of Fame (DownBeat, Aug. 2022)

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It was an honor to celebrate the innovative pianist/composer Geri Allen on her induction into the DownBeat Hall of Fame. For this article in the August 2022 issue, I spoke to her manager and close friend, Ora Harris, who generously shared many wonderful stories with me; her collaborator and friend, the masterful drummer and composer Terri Lyne Carrington; and Jana Herzen of Motéma Records, her last label before Geri’s untimely passing at age 60. Thanks to DownBeat Editor Frank Alkyer for the assignment.

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Geri Allen’s Spirit Fills Winter Jazzfest During All-Star Tribute

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Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen performs at the star-filled tribute to Geri Allen at Winter Jazzfest in NYC on January 15, 2018. That’s singer Lizz Wright and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington on the left. (Photo: Gulnara Khamatova)

A moving and heartfelt tribute to the great jazz pianist and composer unfolded as a series of highlights by a high-wattage group of players including Terri Lyne Carrington (musical director), Esperanza Spalding, Lizz Wright,  Dee Dee Bridgewater, Helen Sung, Vijay Iyer, Kris Davis, Tia Fuller, JD Allen, Jack DeJohnette, and many more. My review at DownBeat.com.

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