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Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding

Geri Allen is a pianist/composer/educator, Guggenheim Fellow, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She received the very first Lady of Soul Award for jazz, and was also the first woman, and youngest person to receive the Danish “Jazz Par Prize.” Her work is featured in The Lisa Gay Hamilton Peabody Award winning film, Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, and on Andy Bey’s Grammy nominated American Song.

Grammy® award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of over 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves and more, she returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Terri Lyne also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2003.

Bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding has blazed unmarked territory, garnering Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy® Awards, an honor unprecedented by another jazz musician. Her journey as a solo artist began with the 2006 release of Junjo, followed by her 2008 international debut recording of Esperanza, becoming that year’s best-selling jazz album worldwide. Numerous awards and appearances followed, including an invitation by President Barack Obama to appear at both the White House and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman that found Letterman proclaiming Spalding as the “coolest” guest in history.

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