Jazz legend Geri Allen teams up with forward-leaning hard boppers The Cookers for an unforgettable installment of The Checkout Live.
Named the “Best Jazz Show” by New York Magazine, The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca is a not-to-be-missed monthly concert series presented by 92YTribeca and WBGO 88.3 FM, a world leader in jazz radio and one of the most respected jazz presenters in the country. Host Josh Jackson takes his broadcast music magazine The Checkout from WBGO’s airwaves to 92YTribeca’s Mainstage each month, giving audiences a chance to see the most exciting jazz performers on the scene today and discover the innovative musicians who are shaping its future.
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Geri Allen is a pianist/composer, Guggenheim Fellow, and faculty member at the University Of Michigan. The first recipient the Lady of Soul Award for jazz, Allen was also the first woman, and youngest person to receive the Danish "Jazz Par Prize". Allen’s work is featured in The Lisa Gay Hamilton Peabody Award winning film, Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, and Andy Bey's GRAMMY nominated, American Song, Allen received an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2011; she also performed in A Theatrical & Musical Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., MLK: A Monumental Life, for the statue unveiling in 2011.
Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart all came up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. It was a period that found the dimensions of hard bop morphing from their original designs, and each of these guys helped facilitate the process as members of some of the most important bands of the era. Hart and Henderson were members of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi group; Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s great ’60s quartet alongside Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette; Billy Harper was part of Lee Morgan’s last group, as well as being a member of Max Roach’s Quartet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; while George Cables held down the piano chair in numerous bands including groups led by Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper. It’s this unmistakable power of teamwork that makes The Cookers' music so commanding and resonates with a kind of depth and beauty that speaks of the seasoned track record of its principals. Combined, the group has over 250 years of experience in the jazz world and has been a part of over 1,000 recordings!