Passing on Of Ms Geri Allen: World-Acclaimed Pianist03 July 2017
By Mamsie Ntshangase
It is with a heavy heart that we as T-Musicman, producers of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, announce the passing on of the brilliant pianist Ms Geri Allen, on the afternoon of Tuesday, 27 June 2017. As you are aware, Ms Allen was part of the exciting and formidable MAC Power Trio of world-acclaimed musicians namely, drummer Ms Terri Lynne Carrington, and saxophonist David Murray who are booked to perform at this year’s 20th edition of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival.
In a career that spanned more than 35 years, Geri gifted us with her impeccable playing with the most important artists of our time, composing, arranging and empowering young musicians everywhere by acknowledging the past and bringing the music forward with her innovative projects and her educational acumen. The jazz community in South Africa and all over the world is never going to be the same for her loss, but an artist never dies.We mourn and acknowledge that there will only ever be one Geri Allen.
“We are saddened by the passing of the iconic jazz legend, Ms Geri Allen,” says Hazel Chimhandamba, Head: Group Sponsorships for Standard Bank. “May her innovative spirit continue to inspire and her music continue to bring joy to many more generations of jazz fans and artists.” T‑Musicman, would like to assure the jazz community that her Management Company is working tirelessly to secure an artists of Geri’s calibre, who will perform as part of the MAC Power Trio come September at the Joy of Jazz Festival.
Our deepest condolences go especially to the Allen family, friends and the jazz community the world over, especially South Africa.