She passed from complications of cancer on June 27 in Philadelphia.
Geri Allen, director of jazz studies at the University of Pittsburgh and a noted pianist and composer in her own right, died June 27 from complications of cancer in Philadelphia. Allen celebrated her 60th birthday on June 12.
During Allen's four-year tenure at the university, she collaborated on various music projects. Those included performing in two trios: ACS, comprised of Allen and Grammy Award winners Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding, and the MAC Power Trio with David Murray and Carrington. Allen, born in 1957 and raised in Detroit, also earned a Grammy nomination in 2016 as one of the producers of jazz piano legend Erroll Garner's remastered classic The Complete Concert by the Sea.
"The jazz community will never be the same with the loss of one of our geniuses, Geri Allen," said Carrington in a statement. "Her virtuosity and musicality are unparalleled. She is a true original -- one of a kind -- never to be forgotten."