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Event Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015

 

Pittsburgh's Kente Arts Alliance to Present Geri Allen & TimeLine

 

"Remember the time when jazz and dance were simpatico partners? Where swing and tap were intertwined with lively music and sweltering choreography in joints, halls, and clubs. Probably not, but pianist Geri Allen does, as she reflects on those past golden moments and dares to create new ones with Geri Allen & Timeline Live." Jazz Times

 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 6, 2015 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - On Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present Geri Allen and Timeline at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA.
 
Geri Allen is a pianist, composer, educator, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. Over her expansive career, the Detroit native released nearly 20 albums as a leader, and has worked with Ornette Coleman, Betty Carter, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marcus Belgrave, Jimmy Cobb, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motion. The first recipient of the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for jazz, Allen was also the first woman and youngest ever recipient of the Danish Jazzpar Prize. Her work has been featured in the Peabody-winning film Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, on Carrington's Grammy-winning album The Mosaic Project, and Andy Bey's Grammy-nominated album American Song.  Allen's composition Unconditional Love is featured on two Grammy recordings,  Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project and Dianne Reeves latest release Better Days.  She was recently commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to compose a piece to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. In 2013, Allen returned to her alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, to serve as Director of Jazz Studies. Allen continues to compose, perform and collaborate in various settings ranging from solo to large ensemble including performance art and theatrical projects.  Also, she continues to tour with the Geri Allen Trio and her tap quartet, Timeline.
 
Geri Allen and Timeline:
 
For this Pittsburgh engagement, Geri Allen will be appearing with her Tap Quartet aptly named Timeline.  In addition to Allen on piano, the band consists of:
 
Maurice Chestnut, tap dancer
Kassa Overall, drums
Kenny Davis bass
 
Special guest JD Allen, tenor sax

 

General admission is $30 - $40. Tickets are available online: www.showclix.com. By phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253. Or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood), Stedeford’s Record Shop (Northside), Jamil’s Global Village, East Liberty.
 
For more information visit: 
www.kentearts.org  or call 412.322.0292.
 
Media Quotes:
 
"(Timeline) is unique in that it combines the virtues of the traditional acoustic trio with the explosive percussion input of young New Jersey tap-dancing phenomenon Maurice Chestnut." The Guardian (London)
 
"The Timeline Band of the esteemed pianist Geri Allen … released a live album that makes a strong aural case for how a tap-dancer can be integrated as a percussionist." New York Times

 
"Allen’s Timeline consists of an extremely versatile group that includes veteran bassist Kenny Davis (who has performed with Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron), the exciting young drummer Kassa Overall, and the icing on this unique quartet, tap dance phenomenon Maurice Chestnut, who brings magical footwork and musicianship in the vein of the late Gregory Hines and contemporaries Savion Glover." (All About Jazz.com)
 
"Remember the time when jazz and dance were simpatico partners? Where swing and tap were intertwined with lively music and sweltering choreography in joints, halls, and clubs. Probably not, but pianist Geri Allen does, as she reflects on those past golden moments and dares to create new ones with Geri Allen & Timeline Live." Jazz Times
 
"Geri Allen furthers the tap-piano legacy by combining her already propulsive piano trio with dancer Maurice Chestnut’s lithe improvisations." Keyboard Magazine
 
"Timeline, her latest group, shows she's not mired in the past: In addition to stalwart bassist Kenny Davis, the quartet includes two newcomers, drummer Kassa Overall and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut." TimeOut NYC
 
"On this track, the clickety-clack of Chestnut's steps seamlessly meld into Allen's exuberant key work and the rest of the ensemble's jaunty mood." (Sound Check WNYC)
 
 
Kente Arts Alliance is a non-profit arts organization (501 (3) ©) that was established in 2007.  Since then it has presented some of the music world’s most legendary performers including Pharoah Sanders, The Last Poets, and Hugh Masekela, Roy Haynes, and Randy Weston.
 
The program is made possible in part by generous grants from The Heinz Endowments, Advancing the Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund, A.W. Mellon Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. 

 

    

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Gail Austin or Mensah Wali

Email: gail@kentearts.org

Phone: (412) 322-0292

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Kente Arts Alliance

5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Web: www.kentearts.org

 

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Pittsburgh's Kente Arts Alliance to Present Geri Allen & TimeLine

On Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present Geri Allen and Timeline at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA. Geri Allen is a pianist, composer, educator, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. Over her expansive career, the Detroit native released nearly 20 albums as a leader, and has worked with Ornette Coleman, Betty Carter, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marcus Belgrave, Jimmy Cobb, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motion. The first recipient of the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for jazz, Allen was also the first woman and youngest ever recipient of the Danish Jazzpar Prize. She was recently commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to compose a piece to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. General admission is $30 - $40. Tickets are available online:  www.showclix.com. By phone: 888.71.TICKETS or 888-718-4253. Or at these locations: Dorsey’s Records (Homewood), Stedeford’s Record Shop (Northside), Jamil’s Global Village, East Liberty. For more information visit:  www.kentearts.org  or call 412.322.0292.

Event Name: Geri Allen and Timeline Tap Quartet

Event Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Event Location: Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA

Admission: General Admission $30 - $40

Web: www.kentearts.org

 

 

 


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