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Modern jazz pianist to perform

Friday, May 7, 2010, 8 p.m. Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall

Celebrated jazz pianist Geri Allen will perform a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, May 7, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. An hourlong open rehearsal beginning at 5 p.m. will precede the concert.

Allen's Princeton performance is one of several stops on a tour across the United States and abroad to support her latest studio solo album, "Flying Toward the Sound." Born in Pontiac, Mich., Allen's musical style has been influenced by the groove and swing of Detroit bebop and Motown, while also incorporating the more abstract elements of modern jazz in the tradition of Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock.

Allen will perform with drummer Kassa Overall and bassist Kenny Davis. Tap dancer Maurice Chestnut also will perform alongside the musicians.

Allen has received numerous awards and honors, the most recent being a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship for music composition.

The concert is sponsored by the Council of the Humanities and the Center for African American Studies, and co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies, the Program in the Study of Women and Gender, the Department of History and the Department of Music. Admission is free and open to the public.

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