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Composer/pianist Geri Allen has been nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award in the category of “Outstanding Jazz Album” for her most recent Motéma Music release, Geri Allen & Timeline – Live.

The NAACP Image Awards, currently celebrating its 42nd anniversary, are presented each year to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music and literature. In conjunction, the ceremony offers awards to individuals or groups who help promote social injustice through creative efforts. Members of the NAACP vote on the awards and the process is similar to that of the Grammys and Oscars.

For Allen, the nomination comes after a banner year in 2010, with two debut releases for Motéma Music: Flying Toward The Sound, a solo piano work inspired by Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock, as well as Geri Allen & Timeline – Live. The releases collectively have garnered critical acclaim from the media, selected on the “Best Jazz CDs of 2010” lists from outlets such as the Village Voice, Detroit Free Press, JazzTimes and National Public Radio’s “50 Favorite Albums of 2010,” among others.

The first “live” recording of Allen’s 30-year career, Timeline Live as recorded at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and Reed College, in Portland, Oregon. These two exciting live performances feature Allen’s working quartet nimbly and ferociously interacting with each other, reinventing the dialog between the dance and the drums. Timeline celebrates the dance and the music together as one, and can best be described as a radical jazz and tap dance quartet album.

Geri Allen & Timeline – Live reveals a populist and gregarious side of Allen’s musicality. Allen’s Timeline quartet, which has been touring successfully in the US and Europe for the past two years, represents another facet of the inspirational Geri Allen, in which she embraces the rhythmic grounding and, in fact, the very origins of syncopation through jazz in motion, with an extraordinary ensemble featuring veteran bassist Kenny Davis, and brilliant new talents Kassa Overall on multi-percussion set and tap sensation Maurice Chestnut.

The complete awards ceremony will be presented on March 4th and can be viewed on Fox Television Network at 8pm EST/7pm CST.

Allen is currently working on her next Motéma Music album, set for release in late 2011.

“…”Live”, a new album with Timeline, her trio, and the dancer Maurice Chestnut, puts forward some of her best work in years. The sky is not the limit with jazz and tap…
It all makes sense when you hear it.” – Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

“Geri Allen’s new album, Flying Toward The Sound is a stunner. The sound quality is also superb: liquid and percussive. Get this, listen closely, and hang on tight.”
– Fred Kaplan, Stereophile

“Allen is reconnecting the dots between jazz and dance for the 21st Century.”
– Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press

For more information, please visit Geri Allen’s webpage: http://www.geriallen.com/

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