Geri Allen, the adventuresome pianist, dies at 60


Geri Allen, the adventuresome pianist, dies at 60

Geri Allen, the pianist, composer and bandleader, whose music was too varied to be categorized, from straight-ahead to her engaging Motown interpretations to the brilliant colors of her avant-garde melodies, died June 27, in Philadelphia. She was 60.
The cause was cancer, said Ora Harris, her manager of 30 years.
Allen enjoyed a very successful 30-year performing career as a New York City jazz musician. Four years ago, she relocated and became director of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.
Before that position, she was a faculty member at Howard University, the New England Conservatory and the University of Michigan, …

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