Born June 12, 1957 in Detroit, American jazz pianist.
Amateur from very small to Charlie Parkerthat his father had and discs to play on the piano pop songs of the early 1960s, he/she began studied piano at seven years of age in the Jazz Development Workshop and the Cass Technical High School, one of the musical centers of greater activity in his hometown. It simultanesus these studies with occasional bowler in the clubs of his hometown, accompanied, among others, to the then unknown Kenny Garret, Pheeroan Aklaff and Bob Hurst. After graduating in the Howard University, he/she studied ethnomusicology at the University of Pittsburgh. In the 1980s it was already large its prestige in the New York jazz scene — acted as sideman for Betty Carter, Dewey Redman, and the ex-Supremmes Mary Wilson among other artists-, and worked with the cream of the progressive musicians of the era, such as Oliver Lake, Joseph Harman and the great trumpeter Lester Bowie, who sponsored to Allen in his first solo recordings.
The prestigious Downbeat magazine chose her best promise of the year for four consecutive years. It was also the first woman to win the Danish Jazzpar prize. Among the musicians with whom he/she has shared stage include masters of the likes of Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Tony Williams, Paul Motian, Ornette Coleman - with whom he/she recorded Sound Museum - and her husband, trumpeter Wallace Roney.
Miss Allen possesses even one appearance on the big screen, where interpreted (and imitated masterfully) the role of pianist Mary Lou Williams in Kansas City's Robert Altmanfilm. For this role he/she abandoned his usual style, very given to toggle a lazy Cadence with surprising doublings of time, which shows its assumption of the work of Parker, combined with a taste for dissonance and unexpected resolutions, the influence of the great Monk.
Among his compositions in higher shaft are Sister Leola: an american portrait, commissioned by Lincoln Center in 1993, and several works for the American Music Theater Festival, who directs the trumpeter and choreographer Donald Byrd.
Among his most acclaimed albums are Maroons (1992); Twenty One (1994), elected best jazz album of the year and 'Lady of the Soul' award by the Association of Soul Train; Eyes... in the back of your head (1997), The Gathering (1998) and the direct Live at the Village Vanguard.