The New York Times describes Geri Allen as “a jazz pianist who dares to follow an unmarked road.” A Detroit native, Allen received her early jazz education at the famous Cass Technical High School. She earned a degree in Jazz Studies from Howard University and went on for her master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her first U.S. major label release with Blue Note, The Nurturer was issued in 1992. In 1995 she was the first recipient of Soul Train’s Lady of Soul Award for jazz album of the year for Twenty-One, and in 1996 was the first woman to win the Danish Jazzpar prize. Allen is also Associate Professor of Jazz Piano & Improvisation Studies at Michigan University.