Lynne Arriale

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Lynne Arriale
Born (1957-05-29) May 29, 1957 (age 58)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Instruments Piano
Years active 1993–present
Labels Motéma Music

Lynne Arriale is an American pianist, composer and bandleader who has been critically praised by the New York Times: “Lynne Arriale’s brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day,” and The Times: “Arriale is putting the heart back into jazz.”

“The consummate storyteller, Arriale achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale’s emotional authenticity allows the audience to feel and think along with her.“ (Jazz Times). “With a style that is vibrant and hard driving, yet lyrical and intimate, Arriale provides an exhilarating musical experience that not only bring accolades from critics but helps create new audiences of listeners previously unfamiliar with jazz. Arriale’s music is accessible and intimate, emanating a complexity created not by multiple layers of notes, but by multiple layers of emotion, capturing the imaginations of music lovers worldwide. There may be no jazz artist working today who brings a broader spectrum of musical ideas to the connection of mind and heart” (Jazz Police).

Arriale’s performances and recordings with her trio led to comparisons with the great trios of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, yet she has been consistently praised as having a “singular voice” as a pianist, leader, composer, and arranger. “I really can’t compare her to anyone,” said recent collaborator and multi-Grammy winner Randy Brecker. “Her music transcends the word ‘jazz’ – it is just pure music.”

First place winner of The Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Arriale performed with the 100 Golden Fingers tour of Japan with artists, Kenny Barron, Junior Mance, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Monty Alexander, Harold Mabern, Jr., Ray Bryant and Cedar Walton. She has performed internationally at major festivals including the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, The Gilmore Piano Festival, JVC, Rouen, Cannes MIDEM, Spoleto Arts, Montreux, Montreal, Monterey, North Sea, Burghausen, Stuttgart, Sardinia, Pori, San Francisco, Ottawa, Rochester, Wigan, Poznan, Portugal’s Estoril, Zagreb, Norway’s Silda, Palermo, Santa Fe, Inverness, Cork and Australia’s Perth and Brisbane Jazz Festivals. She has performed at Jazz At Lincoln Center and recently in Durban and Johannesburg, South Africa with full symphony orchestra, performing arrangements of her originals.

Arriale has toured throughout Brazil, Germany, Austria, Serbia, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Croatia, France, Belgium, The Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Australia, Japan, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the US. She has performed and collaborated with jazz luminaries Randy Brecker, George Mraz, Benny Golson, Rufus Reid, Marian McPartland, Roy Hargrove, Eddie Henderson, Buster Williams and Al Foster.

Her latest collaboration with acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist and composer Grace Kelly, celebrates the music of Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln and Joni Mitchell entitled You Know How I Feel. The program has included special guest vocalists, Rene Marie, Claire Martin and KJ Denhert performing at The San Javier International Jazz Festival (Spain), UMEA Festival (Sweden), JazzFest Gottingen (Germany), CRC Concert Hall (Istanbul, Turkey) and concert venues throughout Austria, Switzerland and Germany. In 2015 Arriale and Kelly will present this program throughout the US and abroad with guest vocalists, Grammy-nominated Carla Cook and multi-award winning artist, Cécile Verny.

Arriale’s highly acclaimed 13 CDs as a leader have topped the national jazz radio charts, Billboard and numerous “Best Of” lists, including The New Yorker, United Press International, 3 time SESAC National Performance Activity Award; 3 time German Record Critics Award, Jazz Week Radio: CDs “Arise” and “Inspiration” reaching #1, “Convergence” #4, “Come Together” #3, one of JazzTimes’ “Top 50 CDs of 2011”, Jazz Police's 2011 Essential CDs; “Jazz Notes” Ten Best New Jazz Releases of 2011, “Nuance” CD/DVD “CD of the month” three German audio magazines (“Audio”, “Stereo” and “Fono Forum” )"LIVE" CD/DVD, UPI’s Best Jazz CDs and New Yorker Magazine’s Best CD.

Arriale has been featured on the PBS Profile of a Recording Artist and on multiple NPR programs, including Weekend Edition, Jazz Set, (with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Branford Marsalis), Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland; and in Billboard, Downbeat, JazzTimes, (May 2011 feature), JAZZIZ, BBC Magazine, and the London Times; and has been featured in cover stories for JazzEd, One Way and M Magazines. Her live media appearances include CNN/FN’ Biz, NPR’s Jazz Piano Christmas – Live from The Kennedy Center, and radio/TV interviews throughout the U.S., U.K., and Europe, including the BBC, Radio France and German National Television.

A devoted educator and Yamaha artist, Lynne Arriale is currently Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Small Ensembles at The University of North Florida in Jacksonville. She has served as a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, the Centrum Port Townsend Jazz Workshop, the Thelonious Monk Institute in Aspen and numerous clinics and workshops worldwide, including the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. She is a member and piano pedagogy representative for The Jazz Education Network. Arriale’s quartet, featuring jazz legend, multi Grammy winner, Randy Brecker, presented a headline performance at the 2011 Jazz Education Network Convention. She has adjudicated the Montreux Jazz Competition, American Pianists Association Fellowship Awards, The Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Competition, and the Jacksonville Piano Competition. She was a featured mentor with Toshiko Akiyoshi at The Mary Lou Williams Emerging Artist Workshop at the Kennedy Center. In 2014 two of Arriale's UNF students won first and third place in the Jacksonville Jazz Festival International Piano Competition.


SESAC’s National Performance Activity Award; awarded for “Nuance” and “Arise.”

Solo was named one of the top CDs of 2012 by JAZZIZ Magazine


#4 on National Jazz Week Radio Chart
Top 50 CDs of 2011- JazzTimes
In journalist Ken Frankling’s “Jazz Notes” Ten Best New Jazz Releases of 2011
Arriale's ‘Dance of the Rain’ also made Frankling's 10 Best New Songs of 2011 list
One of Jazz Police's Essential CDs of 2011
Winner of the SESAC 2012 National Performance Activity Award

Media Appearances[edit]

BBC interview discussing the works of Victor Feldman
Various additional BBC interviews
Mindelheim, Germany (taped for national radio broadcast in Germany)
Jazz in Guterslow (taped for national radio broadcast in Germany)
Jazz in Gartnerplatz, Munich (taped for national radio broadcast in Germany)
National Radio Broadcast in Oslo, Norway
Performance on Jim Wilke's 'Jazz After Hours', nationally syndicated
2003 NPR Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2005 NPR Jazz Set with Branford Marsalis
2003 2004 2009 2014 NPR’s Jazz Piano Christmas - Live from The Kennedy Center
2005 NDR (Germany) Live at the Stuttgart Jazz Festival
2005 NDR (Germany) Live at the Burkhausen Jazz Festival
2003 Radio France Live at Festival du Montpelier
2003 BBC radio, feature
1998 NDR (Germany) Live at the Fabrik Club
1995 NPR “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland
Extensive radio interviews throughout the US, Canada, Europe, The UK and Australia


Solo, CD, Lynne Arriale, Motema Music 2011 MTM 54
Convergence (CD/DVD) Lynne Arriale and Convergence w/ Bill McHenry, tenor sax, Omer Avital, bass and Anthony Pinciotti, drums 2010
Nuance (CD/DVD) w/ Randy Brecker, trumpet/flugelhorn, George Mraz, bass and Anthony Pinciotti, drums, Motema Music MTM 00022, 2008
LIVE (CD/DVD) w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums, Motema Music 00007, 2005
Come Together w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums, Motema Music MTM00001, 2004
Arise w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums, Motema Music MTM71372 2002
Inspiration w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums, TCB Music 22102 2000
Live at Montreux w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums, TCB Music 20252 1999
Melody w/ Scott Colley, bass and Steve Davis, drums, TCB Music 99552 1998
A Long Road Home w/ John Pattituci, bass and Steve Davis, drums, TCB Music 97952 1997
With Words Unspoken w/ Drew Gress, bass and Steve Davis, drums, DMP CD518 1996
When You Listen w/ Drew Gress, bass and Steve Davis, drums, DMP CD511 1995
The Eyes Have It w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums, DMP CD502 1994
Rachel Caswell:
Some Other Time w/ Sara Caswell, Kelly Sill, Steve Davis, RNC1001 2002
Sara Caswell:
But Beautiful w/ Rachel Caswell, Larry Kohut, Steve Davis, Arbors Records ARCD19304 2005
First Song w/ Rachel Caswell, Jack Helsley, Steve Davis, Double-Time DTRCD166 2000