Twylight- Geri Antoinette Allen


 Twylight is personally my favorite Album by pianist Geri Allen recorded in early 1989 and released on the German Minor Music label. I personally stream this album while traveling from my office to home. This Twylight Album has a special place in my heart. The music of this Twylight album is very relatable to my situation.

Geri Antoinette Allen (June 12, 1957 – June 27, 2017) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and educator. In addition to her career as a performer and bandleader, Allen was also an associate professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh and the director of the university's Jazz Studies program. Twylight has become a memorable Album for Geri Allen.

Early life and education

Allen was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on June 12, 1957, and grew up in Detroit.[1] "Her father, Mount Allen Jr, was a school principal, her mother, Barbara, a government administrator in the defence industry."[2] Allen was educated in Detroit Public Schools.[3] She started playing the piano at the age of seven, and settled on becoming a jazz pianist in her early teens.[2]

Allen graduated from Howard University's jazz studies program in 1979.[4] She then continued her studies: with pianist Kenny Barron in New York;[2] and at the University of Pittsburgh, where she completed a master's degree in ethnomusicology in 1982.[4] After this, she returned to New York.[2]

Later life and career

Geri Allen with Trio 3.
Allen became involved in the M-Base collective in New York.[2] Her recording debut as a leader was in 1984, resulting in The Printmakers.[1] This trio album, with bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Andrew Cyrille, also featured some of Allen's compositions.[1]

Allen married trumpeter Wallace Roney in 1995.[2] They had a daughter and a son; the marriage ended in divorce.[2] Allen was awarded the Jazzpar Prize in 1996.[2] In the same year, she recorded two albums with Ornette Coleman: Sound Museum: Hidden Man and Sound Museum: Three Women.[4]

In 2006, Allen composed "For the Healing of the Nations", a suite written in tribute to the victims and survivors of the September 11 attacks.[2] She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.[2]

Allen was a longtime resident of Montclair, New Jersey.[5] She became director of the jazz studies program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.[1]

Allen died on June 27, 2017, two weeks after her 60th birthday, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after suffering from cancer.[6]


Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee, 2014[7]
Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008[8]
African American Classical Music Award from Spelman College, 2007[9]
The Benny Golson Jazz Master Award, 2005[10]
Distinguished Alumni Award from Howard, 1996
Danish Jazzpar Prize (first woman recipient), 1996
Soul Train's Lady of Soul Award (first recipient) for jazz album of the year for Twenty-One, 1995