Geri Allen is an internationally known composer and pianist. Since 1982, she has recorded, performed or collaborated with artists as diverse as Ravi Coltrane, Dianne Reeves, Bill Cosby, Sir Simon Rattle, Lee Konitz, Betty Carter, Marian McPartland, Dr. Billy Taylor, Joan Rivers, and Mary Wilson and the Supremes.
A professor at the University of Michigan, Allen has released a number of recordings under her own name and participated in several collaborations, including recordings of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman Quartet. Now on Motema’s label, Allen’s newest CD is her first Christmas recording, to be released this fall.
Allen was the first artist to receive the Lady of Soul Award in Jazz and is a 2008-09 Guggenheim Fellow for Musical Composition. Allen’s work as a composer has won her commissions from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Music Theatre Group, American Music Theatre Festival, Stanford University and The Walt Whitman Arts Center.
Allen will conduct a Master Class on Monday, May 7 at 10:00 AM at the Dalton Center Multimedia Room on the campus of Western Michigan University.