Celebrating the Legacy of Geri Allen
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205-2913
The loss of Geri Allen this summer was emotionally hard, sending shock waves through the jazz community as she touched so many of us in a very meaningful way. She also left an indelible mark on the festival with her stirring performance in tribute to Alice Coltrane in 2015 and as the centrifugal force in the trio collective, ACS, which debuted here in 2013. It was her wish that Ravi plays for her in Portland and we are humbled by this auspicious occasion. Darrell Grant, who worked with her a decade ago at Reed College, speaks of Allen in reverential terms as his singular most important influence.This special festival performance will have Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, Ravi Coltrane on tenor and soprano saxophone, and Esperanza Spalding on bass. Darrell Grant is a creative artist who harnesses the power of music to create change. Whether through performing, composing, teaching, or organizing musical initiatives around community, sustainability or social justice, he seeks to leverage a deeper level of engagement and connection. A tenured professor of Jazz Studies and Associate Director of the School of Music at Portland State University (PSU), Grant is the founding Director of the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute (LVJI). Housed within PSU’s College of the Arts, LVJI is an independent institute with a mission to preserve and promote the art form, cultural heritage, and social history of jazz music in the Northwest through education, outreach, and historical documentation.