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Geri Allen

Born: Jun 12, 1957

Birthplace: Pontiac

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Geri Allen

Date of Birth : Jun 12, 1957
Birth Place : Pontiac

Geri Allen is an American composer, educator, and jazz pianist, 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, Tony Williams, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, 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 mentors Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, and Betty Carter, as well as pianists Herbie Hancock, Mary Lou Williams, Hank Jones, Alice Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell, and mentor Dr. Billy Taylor. Allen is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.


  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Professor
  • Composer
  • Record producer
  • Pianist
  • Jazz Pianist

Also known as

  • Allen, Geri


  • Wallace Roney

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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