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Carr Center Celebrates 25 Years Of Multidisciplinary Arts

Detroit’s Carr Center is a major cultural force in the city for visual arts, spoken word, dance, and music – especially jazz.  The late great Detroiter and pianist Geri Allen made great plans for jazz as their artistic director.  

Unfortunately, Ms. Allen passed this summer leaving a major hole in Detroit’s cultural fabric.  Two of Geri’s closest friends stepped up to take her place as co-artistic directors: drummer Teri Lynne Carrington and vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater.  This weekend, The Carr Center presents two concerts in tribute to Geri Allen.  Linda Yohn spoke with Oliver Ragsdale, President of The Carr Center about Geri Allen’s legacy, the events this weekend and future concerts in Geri Allen’s honor. 

For more information, visit www.thecarrcenter.org.

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Linda Yohn simply cannot remember a day in her life that was not filled with music. Her early life was full of changes as the daughter of a well-respected cancer research scientist who moved his family about, but one thing was constant: the love of music instilled by her mother. So, when it seemed life was too hard to bear, young Linda would listen to her radio, play her guitar, dance her heart out and sing at the top of her lungs. So, it isn’t so strange that “older” Linda still does all those things!