Oh Oberlin: Hassan Allen

Having moved away from Oberlin for 20 years after high school, the one thing I’m not surprised about after returning is running into people who ask me if I am “Geof and Bruce’s brother.”

I bumped into Hassan Allen at the winter market at Eastwood Elementary School a few weeks ago as he was playing the piano in the corner as shoppers milled around the tables. He was amazing, but for all I knew he was just a guy who knew how to play the piano. We nodded at each other.

A week or two later, walking down College Street, I bumped into him and asked him if I could interview him. He asked me, or knew enough to suggest that I was “Bruce and Geof’s brother.”

I am.

Turns out Hassan had been a student at the Oberlin Conservatory in the early 1990s, a little bit more of which I found out about in the intervening time as we saw each other at the Feve one weekend.

Hassan and I found a spot to meet with access to a piano a couple of weeks ago and by the end he shared a couple of tunes.

I’m grateful for my brothers’ networking, although I doubt they called it that at the time.

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2 Responses to Oh Oberlin: Hassan Allen

  1. Ken Stanley says:

    I think this is the first of your podcasts that I have listened to about a person who I have never met (at least I don’t remember meeting Hassan). I hope to meet him soon, I enjoyed his musings on Oberlin and life.

  2. Pingback: Oh Oberlin: Adenike Sharpley | Oh, Oberlin

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