Geri Allen is an internationally known composer and pianist. Since 1982, she has recorded, performed or collaborated with artists as diverse as Ravi Coltrane, Dianne Reeves, Liz Wright, and Simone, in a celebration of the life and music of Nina Simone, Donald Walden, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Bill Cosby, Mal Waldron, Sir Simon Rattle, Lee Konitz, Vernon Reid, Jackie Hillsman and Peter Bernard, JoAnne Akalaitis, Clark Terry, George Shirley, Carrie Mae Weems, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, Carmen Lundy, Lester Bowie's From the Root To The Source, Kevin Maynor, Meshell Ndegeocello, Howard University's Afro Blue, Dewey Redman, Jimmy Cobb, Sandra Turner-Barnes, Marcus Belgrave, Betty Carter, Marian McPartland, Roy Brooks, Charlie Haden and Paul Motion, Terri Lynn Carrington, Hal Wilner, Mino Cinelu, Dr. Billy Taylor, Joan Rivers, and Mary Wilson and the Supremes. Professor Allen has released a number of recordings under her own name. These include: The Nurturer, Eyes in the Back of Your Head, Maroons, Homegrown, The Printmakers, Twenty One, The Gathering, The Life of a Song, and, most recently, the ambitious and critically acclaimed Timeless Portraits and Dreams. A newly released Timeline, Live presents Ms. Allen on piano, Kenny Davis on bass, Kassa Overall on drums, and tap percussionist Maurice Chestnut.
A three-time Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album," Tierney Sutton is often described as a singer's singer," but just as often, she is described as a musician's singer," who uses her voice like an instrument. She has fronted the Tierney Sutton Band, which includes stellar partners, pianist Christian Jacob, drummer Ray Brinker and bassists Kevin Axt and Trey Henry, for over 19 years. Both the band's music and it's business style make it stand out in the crowd: the band's members are incorporated partners and make all musical and business decisions as such. Their CDs have consistently topped the US jazz radio charts and their 9th release as a unit, American Road" was released in Sept 2011. Tierney has been JazzWeek's Vocalist of the Year, has received the LA Jazz Society's Vocalist award, and has been at the top of critics and listener's polls.In addition to her work with the Tierney Sutton Band, Tierney currently performs in an intimate trio format with jazz flute legend Hubert Laws and guitar virtuoso Larry Koonse and a recording is in the works. She has also begun a collaboration with the award-winning Turtle Island Quartet and will be touring and recording with them in the next several years. In addition to these collaborations, Tierney has appeared in recent years as a guest vocalist on Cds by composer Johnny Mandel , trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, pianist Shelly Berg, The Frank Macchia Bigband, and The Chris Walden Bigband. Tierney tours extensively in the US and throughout the world and has headlined in recent years at Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center and Jazz At Lincoln Center. She is currently serving as Jazz Artist in Residence" at The Historic Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, CA.
Geri Allen Trio and Tierney Sutton Band in concert
Jammin' at the Gem concert series event
Saturday, March 24, 2012; 8pm
Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th Street, KC, MO
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or from the American Jazz Museum box office by calling 813.474.6262.