Geri Allen

10th Annual Live Performance Album Nominee

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Record Label: Motema Music

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Home Base: USA /NJ

Genre: Contemporary Jazz and Tap

Category Entered: Live Performance Album

Work Submitted: Geri Allen & Timeline

Artists Featured: Kenny Davis (Acoustic Bass), Kassa Overall (Drums), Maurice Chestnut (Tap Dancer)

Label: Motema Music


Influences: Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner,Cecil Taylor, Hank Jones, and Billy Taylor.

What is Jazz to you? Time line represents the continuity between the drum and the dance in jazz, The time step, and the swing in jazz in tap are like a good marriage. I believe we have our own unique voice, but with great respect for both the jazz and taplegacy, which are one really. We celebrate the feeling that makes you want to jump up and dance with the raw “live” expression of spontaneous improvisation. We play Bebop.

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 10th IMAs? Motema is a great company, and Jana Herzen must have submitted for us.

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? This is a pure “live” recording.

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? Jeremy Edwards our wonderful engineer created a seamless sounding recording even though the performances were taken from two different concerts.

Did fans help you fund this project? No

Who’s sitting in your audience? People of great intelligence who, enjoy the spontaneous journey.

What makes your fans unique? They still come out to hear “live” music, and express themselves. They know they are a part of the journey, and that we need them before anything can happen that’s really special.

Are there any songs you wish you wrote? Yes many!

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, and JD Allen.

What is your dream show lineup? The Music Of The Spheres

What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Fine local cuisine.

Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? I stood up from sitting on my piano bench during a sound check with Mary Wilson and the Supremes in Sydney, and stepped into a 20 foot pit, and yes I lived to tell you about it.

Do you have any rituals before you go on stage? I warm my hands in water before I go on. It really calms my stage fright.

Should music be free? Musicians need to make a living too.

Are digital singles vs. full albums the future of music? Full albums allow for a complete experience. I am very excited to say that Motema is releasing a new vinyl LP of “Flying Towards The Sound”, my solo piano recording.

Finish this sentence: The music industry is… becoming more artist driven.