“One of the most exciting pianists in contemporary jazz,” - The Guardian, UK
Lynne Arriale has been a major force in the jazz world over a career spanning three decades. she has performed on the most prestigious international concert stages and won the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. Her 16 critically acclaimed albums have topped the Jazzweek Radio Charts and “Best of” honors in major publications. Lynne is dynamic and progressive in her compositions and she continues to bring energy and freshness to all her albums. Often spoken about in the same breath as jazz legends, Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner, Lynne has been recognized as having her own distinctive musical voice.
Being Human is Lynne's 17th album as a leader, it is a suite of 10 original composition that celebrate the ways that our lives are enriched by acts of passion, courage, conviction, love, persistence, heart, soul, curiosity, faith and joy. Featuring bassist Alon Near and drummer Lukasz Zyta, the album explores life-affirming facets of humankind. Many of the songs are dedicated to people who’ve inspired Arriale, including climate activist Greta Thunberg, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.
In recent years, Lynne’s compositions and albums have reflected social issues. Chimes of Freedom (2020) highlights the worldwide immigration crisis and the experiences of refugees who risk everything to find a better life for themselves and their families. The Lights Are Always On (2022) examines the life-changing events wrought by COVID-19. Some compositions are named in honour of heroes, including those who served as caregivers on the front lines of the pandemic and those who defended American democracy.
Lynne has garnered rave reviews and is a favourite of comtemporary music critics. Jazz Police called her "the poet laureate of her generation.” JazzTimes said of her, “Lynne Arriale’s music lies at the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul. She is one of jazzdom’s most intensely unique voices.” She has been consistently praised as having a “singular voice” as a pianist, bandleader, and composer. Following the release of The Lights Are Always On, Jazzthing observed, “Lynne Arriale has been one of the great poets on the piano for decades.”
She has performed and/or recorded with jazz masters, Randy Brecker, George Mraz, Benny Golson, Rufus Reid, Larry Coyell and Marian McPartland, to name a few. The world's great jazz festivals and concert stages have invited Lynne to perform, including five performances at the Kennedy Center and additional performances at Lincoln Center, Montreux, Burghausen, Gilmore, Spoleto Arts, Montreal, Monterey, North Sea, Stuttgart, Pori, Cannes MIDEM, Sardinia, Palermo, Inverness, Cork and San Javier. Lynne’s tours have taken her to Europe, The United Kingdom, America, Asia and South America.
Recognition for The Lights Are Always On
#3 on JazzWeek Radio Charts
#19 on JazzWeek Radio year-end charts for all airplay in 2022
#2 on Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes “Favorite Jazz Records of 2022”
“Sounds Like America” on Ken Franckling’s “Favorite New Compositions From CDs Released in 2022”
#6 on Textura’s year end “Top 30 Jazz Releases” KIOS Best Jazz Recording of 2023
Lynne Arriale Trio with Alon Near &
Lynne Arriale Solo
Workshop, Masterclass & Clinic
Guest soloist with local ensemble