A remarkable performance by the late virtuoso pianist Geri Allen and Friends — plus, a message from the team at The Carr Center:
We are presenting this special series of archival concert videos as our way of saying thank-you for your continued support over the years.
We know that our community has never faced a more challenging time. We also know that music, when performed at it’s best, can help to challenge the mind, entertain the body and soothe the soul; so we decided that right now is the perfect time to share some of our favorite recordings and programs with you.
Just sit back, take a breather, maybe get something to snack on… and then enjoy the show!
The Carr Center presents… Geri Allen — the ground breaking jazz pianist, composer and educator who defied classification.
This concert was performed on August 25, 2016 inside the Harmonie Club just after Geri Allen had been named “Artistic Director” of the Carr Center.
Initially planned as an outdoor concert in Harmonie Park, the plans had to be altered as rain clouds rolled in and threatened to spoil the festivities. Refusing to be deterred a decision was made to move the concert indoors which also meant moving Geri ‘s 9-foot Yamaha grand piano.
What a memory seeing that magnificent instrument being carried up two very steep flights of steps and then lifted up onto the stage by hand! It was no easy task but, we think you will agree, it was definitely the right decision.
For this concert, one of Geri’s last, she performed with bassist extraordinaire Robert Hurst and the incomparable Mino Cinelu on percussion.
Now, more than ever, the Carr Center will need to rely on the generosity of our friends, patrons and supporters to help us continue delivering our mission.
We truly appreciate any financial support that you may be able to give us at this time. Click here to donate.
Learn more about Ms. Geri Allen here in an article from NPR on her untimely passing in 2017.