The State of Jazz Composition SymposiumWomen in Jazz: Geri Allen meets Shamie Royston
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Grammy-winning composer and pianist Geri Allen will present a concert led by Berklee faculty member Tia Fuller and the Rainbow Ensembles featuring arrangements by up-and-coming pianist, composer, and arranger Shamie Royston.
Allen's career has spanned several genres. She was a charter member of both the Black Rock Coalition and the Brooklyn M-Base movement, a collective including saxophonist Steve Coleman, and other significant contributors. Allen played on several of Coleman's albums, including his first, 1985's Motherland Pulse, and Coleman also played on her composition "The Dancer" on the LP In the Middle (released in 1986), which featured veteran tap dancer Lloyd Story.
Allen also composed "The Glide Was in the Ride," performed by The Steve Coleman Group, listed on the new Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz. She was also nominated for an Independent Music Award in 2011 in the Live Performance Album category, and for Best Jazz Pianist by the Jazz Journalists Association.