Celebrating Geri Allen
The mutual loyalty between the Healdsburg Jazz organization and certain musicians who perform here repeatedly is one of the features that makes the festival so special. Its in some ways like a family reunion, a highlight of the year for players like Charles Lloyd, Billy Hart, Fred Hersch, Julian Lage, and Marc Cary who bring so much love with them every time.
Another one of these players was the pianist Geri Allen, who passed away last summer at the tender age of 60. She left a big void, but also a legacy.
Geri was set to return to the festival this summer in a concert with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, with whom she graced the Healdsburg stage in 2010 along with the late great bassist Charlie Haden seekers each. Now, Ravi, with help from peerless bassist Dave Holland and genre-bending drummer Terri Lyne Carrington both veterans of Geris bands and the Healdsburg Jazz Festival will be Celebrating Geri Allen at the Raven Performing Arts Theater.
To these people Geri Allen was a guide and a follower a sister. It is a family of restless players who see the calm at the center. To them, and to this festival, she will always be alive.
The opening band will be the winner of the 2018 Student Jazz Combo Competition.
Raven Performing Arts Theater (View)
115 North Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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