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“As often as Geri Allen has been lionized for the freshness of her playing, she's also been admired for the respect she's shown for its living history.”


JD Allen Trio
& Geri Allen


October 19, 2017 | 7 pm

October 19, 2017 | 9 pm

Durham Fruit & Produce Company

Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. $10 Duke student tickets and $20 tickets for patrons ages 30 and under will go on sale TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.


The pianist Geri Allen is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of her generation. A Guggenheim Fellow and University of Pittsburgh Director of Jazz Studies, she has worked with a Who’s Who of players and arrangers, from Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden to Laurie Anderson and Betty Carter. She has wrestled with Monk’s music throughout her career, examining his impossible sense of time in her splendid interpretations of “’Round Midnight,” for instance, and directing the Mary Lou Williams Collective, an ensemble devoted to the music of the late undersung composer, Monk confidant, and Duke professor. Allen is particularly well suited to take on the Monk canon.


For a decade now, tenor saxophonist JD Allen has anchored his eponymous trio, supported by drummer Rudy Royston and bassist Gregg August. Allen’s ragged, searching tone is redolent of jazz’s blues heritage, and his playing reflects his pedigree as a grandson of the Delta, a son of Detroit, and a leader of modern jazz. The New York Times praised Allen’s “fearless approach to a formidable tradition.” At Duke Performances, Allen, Royston, August, and their guests will test and stretch Monk’s music in two sets each night, fearlessly facing one of the most formidable catalogues in jazz.

Made possible, in part, with support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

“Jazz pianist Geri Allen has taken the freedom of jazz and combined it with the cultural freedom movements that have paralleled the evolution of jazz itself.”

Tavis Smiley

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