GERI ALLEN & FRIENDS: CELEBRATING THE GREAT JAZZ WOMEN OF THE APOLLO
Under the musical direction of jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen, this Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival concert production pays homage to the great women singers and instrumentalists who have graced the Apollo stage.
Staged by celebrated actress, and director/film maker, S. Epatha Merkerson and through the words and historical narrative of acclaimed author Farah Jasmine Griffin and musical backdrop by Deejay, Val Jeanty, the performance celebrates the legacy of Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and others.
Performances also by: Dianne Reeves, The Timeline Tap Quartet, Lizz Wright, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller, comedian Karen Malina White, guitarist Marvin Sewell and the vocal ensemble Afro Blue.
The Harlem Jazz Shrines project is a Harlem-wide jazz festival presented in collaboration with Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile and celebrates the rich legacy of jazz in the uptown community, bringing both established and emerging artists to famed Harlem venues.
On the stage there will be a Fazioli F228.