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Last chance to see Geri Allen tickle the ivories at The Vanguard!

September 11, 2011

Tonight’s the final night of Geri Allen’s 3 night stand at the Village Vanguard. She was 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, Ravi Coltrane, Tony Williams, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Betty Carter, and Charles Lloyd. She cites her primary influences to be her parents, Mount Vernell Allen Jr, and Barbara Jean Allen, and her primary musical influences to be, Mary Lou Williams, Betty Carter, Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones, Alice Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell and mentor, Dr. Billy Taylor. Allen is an Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation in the School Of Music Theatre & Dance, at the University Of Michigan.

That alone is an essential part of the makings of a fantastic night of music. She will perform standards as well as her own material. See you there?

Check out The Geri Allen Trio tonight at The Village Vanguard!

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