Throughout her career, Allen helped rediscover the historical role of women in jazz.
She recorded Williams’ Zodiac Suite and often appeared at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center.
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She also performed the music of Lil Hardin, pianist on the early recordings of her husband, Louis Armstrong.“There is a really strong legacy of great female piano players, and women have played really important parts in the history of the music,” Allen told the The Independent in 1998.
“The issue of Lil Hardin in Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five is an important one.
The event takes place along Indian Creek Waterway from 41st to 54th Street on Miami Beach and Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina on the Mac Arthur Causeway. Held each year in February, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is back at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on the Rickenbacker Causeway, leading out to Virginia Key and Key Biscayne.In 1996, she became the first acoustic pianist in almost 40 years to record with Ornette Coleman.Their work was documented on two albums, Sound Museum: Hidden Man and Sound Museum: Three Women.“Why can’t I explore the whole universe of music that's available to me? “There’s a point of view that suggests that you can do something much better if you focus on one thing, but it’s my nature to be curious, and to go back and forth between different contexts, such as playing solo, trio and large groups, or using electronic stuff.”Allen also wrote symphonic works, developed theatrical projects and become a prominent jazz educator, first at her alma mater, Howard University in Washington and later at the University of Michigan and Pitt.She was the first piano player in the first major group in jazz, and that’s a big hole left undiscovered.”“If you want to be true to tradition, you must find your own voice,” Allen said in 1992. If you come to this music on its own terms, then you have to come to it on your own terms.”Geri Antoinette Allen was born in 1957, in Pontiac, Michigan, and grew up in Detroit.Her father was a school principal while her mother worked as a contracts administrator with the federal government.
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