Terri Lyne Carrington: Genius, Grace, & Fire
Terri Lyne Carrington
Geri Allen's Genius, Grace, and Fire

Terri Lyne Carrington

w/ ravi coltrane, dave holland, & jason moran

FEB 16-20 | SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Terri Lyne Carrington

Feb 20, 2022
Miner Auditorium
SunFeb 20
7:00 PM

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When Geri Allen, the pianist and composer, died in 2017 at age 60, her loss was keenly felt throughout the jazz world. She “was one of the first people who made me feel like it wasn’t awkward or weird that women played jazz,” says drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, who was 12 when she first performed with Allen. “We were like sisters; she would call me ‘sis.’”

Now Carrington pays tribute to Allen by performing her friend’s music with a formidable band. It includes pianist Jason Moran and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, who were both mentored by Allen. They feel strongly connected to her music, as does the great bassist Dave Holland, who played and recorded with Allen.

Like Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter, Allen moved through phases. She played with Ornette Coleman and Shorter. She played straight-ahead, fusion, and avant-garde. Whatever the situation, she remained Geri Allen, a musician with an unmistakable fingerprint. “People in the jazz community should see what a treasure she is,” Carrington says. “I say is and not was, because her music is still current and her legacy, her genius, is important to jazz.”

The master drummer is a musical bridge builder, bandleader and activist. Over a 40-year career, she has collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Nancy Wilson, David Murray, Dianne Reeves, Stan Getz, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding and countless others. A champion of gender rights in jazz, she is the only woman ever to win a GRAMMY for best jazz instrumental album.

ABOUT TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON

The drummer pays tribute to the legacy of the late Geri Allen with a stunning band of masters including Ravi Coltrane, Jason Moran, and Dave Holland.

Geri followed her creative instincts no matter the price, and was often compelled to take the ‘hard road’… that kind of fearless momentum is how she moved the genre forward.

Terri Lyne Carrington

Geri followed her creative instincts no matter the price, and was often compelled to take the ‘hard road’… that kind of fearless momentum is how she moved the genre forward.

Terri Lyne Carrington

Personnel

Terri Lyne Carrington drums
Ravi Coltrane soprano and tenor saxophone
Jason Moran piano
Dave Holland bass

In this music, there was before Geri Allen and after Geri Allen. She’s that important.

Ethan Iverson

Personnel

Terri Lyne Carrington drums
Ravi Coltrane soprano and tenor saxophone
Jason Moran piano
Dave Holland bass

In this music, there was before Geri Allen and after Geri Allen. She’s that important.

Ethan Iverson

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