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Greg Osby - 100% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 August 1960, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Osby is a New York-based saxophonist who has attracted criticism for his attempts to attach jazz’s cool to a militant hip-hop beat. Osby began life as an R&B musician, only discovering jazz when he began attending Howard University in 1978. He also studied at Berklee College Of Music, and appeared on the east coast with Woody Read more

Danilo Perez - 79% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Latin
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Danilo Enrico Pérez Samudio, 29 December 1966, Monte Oscuro, Panama. Born into a very musical family, Pérez began playing piano at the age of three. He was encouraged by his father, a singer and band leader. He studied classical piano at the National Conservatory in Panama from the age of eight. During this same period, he worked with a band led by with Edgardo Read more

Marc Copland - 72% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz
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Paul Bley - 69% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 November 1932, Montreal, Canada. Pianist Bley would merit a place in jazz history on the strength of his instincts as a talent scout alone. The legendary Ornette Coleman Quartet (with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins) made its earliest impact as four-fifths of Bley’s quintet. He encouraged the emergence of wife Carla Bley and Annette Peacock as composers, Read more

Dave Douglas - 60% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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24 March 1963, Montclair, New Jersey, USA. One of the most highly acclaimed trumpet players of the 90s avant garde scene, Douglas was raised in the New Jersey area, and as a talented youngster learnt to play piano, trombone and trumpet at an early age. He studied music in Barcelona and Boston, and then attended both the Berklee College Of Music and the New England Conservato Read more

Craig Taborn - 59% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Taborn began taking a serious interest in music as a child, playing keyboards in his pre-teens. Almost from the outset, he played piano and Moog synthesizer, moving from one to the other depending upon the nature of the music being performed. Later, he added sequencer, Fender Rhodes and Hammond B-3. Owing to the record collection at the Hennepin Read more

Kenny Barron - 59% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz Latin
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Kenneth Barron, 9 June 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After studying piano as a child, Barron began playing professionally when still in his early teens. Performing first in R&B bands, he began to concentrate on jazz, and in the late 50s and early 60s played briefly with Philly Joe Jones and Yusef Lateef. From 1961, he was resident in New York, playing with James Read more

Vijay Iyer - 56% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz Urban & Rap
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7 January 1971, New York, USA. Taking violin lessons from the age of three, Iyer then became interested in piano from the age of six. Self taught on this instrument, he also began composing and by his teens was playing jazz and original improvised music. Iyer’s first career choice was outside music and he studied for a degree in physics, meanwhile earning an interdiscip Read more

Enrico Pieranunzi - 54% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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5 December 1949, Rome, Italy. Pieranunzi began formal piano studies at the age of five and was simultaneously made aware of jazz by his guitarist father. He became a professional musician at the end of his teenage years, working in backing groups supporting visiting jazz artists such as Chet Baker, Kenny Clarke, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Jim Hall and Lee Konitz. In the mid Read more

Jason Moran - 53% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Houston, Texas, USA. Although gifted with a prodigious technique, pianist Moran, who studied with Andrew Hill and Muhal Richard Abrams, chooses to subordinate his playing to the needs of the group. In performance, he urges his musical colleagues along with his constant explorations and suggestions. The classically trained Moran was drawn to jazz at a young age, and played in Read more

Paul Motian - 50% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz Soundtracks
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Stephen Paul Motian, 25 March 1931, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Motian played guitar in Providence in his teens, then served a term in the US army. On his discharge in 1954 he went to New York to study music at the Manhattan School. By 1956 he was playing drums for George Wallington and Russell Jacquet. Between 1956 and 1958 he worked with Tony Scott, with whom he met th Read more

David Binney - 49% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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2 August 1961, Miami, Florida, USA. Binney was raised in Ventura, California, and began playing saxophone at an early age. He studied at the Grove School and at the LA Jazz Workshop. Although concentrating on alto, he also became highly proficient on the soprano and tenor saxophones. In 1981 he relocated to New York City where he studied with George Coleman, Dave Liebman and Read more

Mulgrew Miller - 49% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 August 1955, Greenwood, Mississippi, USA. Miller learnt the piano while a child and studied music at university, at the same time playing in local gospel and R&B groups. After playing with Mercer Ellington’s Orchestra in the late 70s, he joined vocalist Betty Carter before moving on to the quintet of Woody Shaw and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1983-86). He Read more

Gonzalo Rubalcaba - 48% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 May 1963, Havana, Cuba. Rubalcaba’s grandfather, Jacobo, was a danzon composer, and his father, Guillermo, a pianist. Playing piano from a very early age, Gonzalo took lessons from the age of eight and then studied classical music at Havana Institute of Fine Arts, where he earned a degree in music composition. He became a professional musician, forming Grupo Proyecto Read more

Eric Reed - 44% match to Geri Allen

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Eric Scott Reed, 21 June 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pianist Reed began his life in music when he was two years old with an interest in the drums. He gravitated to the piano and began formal lessons at five, eventually studying with influential teacher Vernon Lathon. Memorable influences at this time included the music that Reed heard in church, including pianists Read more


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