Jazz: A Tribute to Geri Allen

January 29th, 2018 in Blog with NO COMMENTS

Jazz: A Tribute to Geri Allen

A core trio consisting of Michael Shea, piano, Alvin Terry, drums and Akili Jamal Hayes, bassist/multi-instrumentalist

will present an evening of jazz music written by, played by and written for the late pianist, Geri Allen. The performance will include comments on Geri Allen’s history, the communities and styles she traveled through and her unique contributions to the jazz idiom.

Bassist, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Akili Jamal Haynes, began his career at the age of 15 as a trombonist under the mentorship of Wynton Marsalis and three years later he was touring with Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band. He has traveled the world with legendary artists including McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie, Herbie Hancock, and has recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Roberta Flack, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and The Mingus Big Band, among others. Akili currently resides in Boston and has been a Staff Accompanist at Boston Conservatory of Music for the past 12 years. He’s the founder of his own World of Chibuzo, an arts and edutainment organization, and is currently working on a multi-
media presentation entitled “Becoming Chibuzo”.

Drummer Alvin Terry’s music is rooted in Jazz, Funk, R&B, Gospel and Samurai Taiko drumming. He has performed with the late Horace C Boyer, Archie Shepp , Avery
Sharpe, Valerie Pomaroff, Ricky Ford, John Faddis, Leonard Brown, Bill Lowe, Fulani Haynes, and the Kubota Power Jazz Unit, among many other artists.
In addition to his many jazz appearances, Mr. Terry has performed as percussionist/actor in productions at the Boston Center for the Arts and at the Huntington Theater and is currently part of the music ministry at Grant A.M.E. Church in Boston’s South End.

Pianist Michael Shea has performed with, among many others, the late Joe Turner, Sonny Stanton, Fulani Haynes, Conjunto Colores, Johnny Souza, Bruno Carr, Eddie Harris, the Either Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. He performs with his own Michael Shea Trio/Quartet throughout the New England area in club, concert and private settings. Mr. Shea is a longstanding faculty member at the Community Music Center of Boston, and at Powers Music School in Belmont, Ma.

Thursday, April 12 7pm

34 Warren Avenue Boston, MA 02116 (Allen Hall)
Community Music Center of Boston
phone: 617-482-7494
fax: 617-482-6267
Our series is named in memory of John Kleshinski, our former CMCB Board President.  All concerts are informal, family-friendly and run approximately ninety minutes in length — a great opportunity to enjoy a diverse sampling of musical instruments and genres.



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