University of Pittsburgh

Geri Allen

Portrait
Associate Professor
Director of Jazz Studies
MA, University of Pittsburgh
Office: 
205 Music Building
Phone: 
412-624-4113
Fax: 
412-624-4186
gaallen [at] pitt [dot] edu

Fields

Jazz Studies; Piano; Composition.

Profile

I am a pianist/composer/educator, Guggenheim Fellow, and new Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. I received the very first Lady of Soul Award for jazz, and was also the first woman, and youngest person to receive the Danish "Jazz Par Prize." My work is featured in The Lisa Gay Hamilton Peabody Award winning film, Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, and on Andy Bey's Grammy nominated American Song.

I received an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2011 and also performed in A Theatrical & Musical Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., MLK: A Monumental Life, for the statue unveiling in Washington, D.C.

I serve as musical director for the Mary Lou Williams Collective.

I released a series of solo piano driven recordings between 2008 and 2013: Flying Toward The Sound, A Child Is Born, and Grand River Crossings. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Jacques Lacombe, commissioned Stones and Streams, an original work to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech. Stones and Streams was performed as a part of the NJSO's Gala Celebration in September 2013​. Since that time my compositions have been featured on two Grammy Winning CD's by Terri Lyne Carrington and Dianne Reeves, and I continue to teach, perform and compose.

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