1. The Pace Report: "A Motown Homecoming" The Geri Allen Interview with Danilo Perez

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    One of the highlights of this year's 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival was the homecoming performances of pianist and composer Geri Allen. The proud Detroit, Michigan native and graduate of Cass Technical High School performed two sets during the festival in support of her latest CD, "Grand River Crossings: Motown and Motor City Inspirations," on Motema Music. This is the third and final CD of Geri's solo piano trilogy series that she's released over the last three years. Her first release was "Flying Toward The Sound" in 2010 and "A Child Is Born," her disc of Christmas music in 2012. "Grand River Crossings" is her celebration of the music Geri grew up listening to while growing up in Detroit and features some great Motor City luminaries including trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and saxophonist David McMurray. Over the weekend during this years 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival Geri performed a duo set with Grammy-Award winning pianist Danilo Perez, who was also this year's 2013 Artist in Residence for the DJF. Also, she performed with the Geri Allen Homecoming Band with the legendary George Bohanon on trombone, J.D. Allen on tenor sax, David McMurray on alto and tenor sax, Robert Hurst on bass, and Karrim Riggins on drums. This year also marks some important milestones in Geri's career. She's now the Associate Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, her Alma Mater. She took over the position after her mentor, Professor Nathan Davis, retired this year. Also, look for her to go on tour with the ACS Trio featuring drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Esperanza Spaulding. For upcoming info club dates for Geri, please visit her online at www.geriallen.com or at www.twitter.com/geriallenmusic.

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