The pianist, composer and educator Geri Allen died today in Philadelphia, WBGO reports. The cause was cancer. Allen, 60, generally regarded as one of jazz’s finest pianists and most important woman musicians, recorded with leaders including Ornette Coleman, Steve Coleman, Charles Lloyd, Paul Motian and Charlie Haden, in addition to releasing many essential sessions under her own name. A full obituary will post soon to JazzTimes.com.
For more on Allen’s life and work, read this JT profile by Shaun Brady and a review of her excellent recent album with Terri Lyne Carrington and David Murray.