Lynne Arriale Trio

featuring Jasper Somsen, bass and Lukaz Zyta

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Last Show: Wednesday 12 th April 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

“One of the most exciting pianists in contemporary jazz” (The Guardian, UK), pianist Lynne Arriale has performed on international concert stages over the past 30 years. 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." Lynne’s new release “The Lights Are Always On”, featuring Jasper Somsen, bassist/co-producer and drummer, E.J. Strickland  honoring caregivers  and defenders of democracy in the wake of COVID-19 and the Insurrection has received wide critical acclaim and reached #3 on the U.S. JazzWeek Radio charts. 

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“Lynne Arriale’s 16th album demonstrates that she is clearly one of the best contemporary jazz pianists.“

Jazz Journal

4 stars: “To create reflective beauty and occasional moments of introspection in a consistently melodic and powerfully emotional way is a rare gift  and this record catches her talent to perfection.” Jazzwise, Alyn Shipton

Lynne was the first prize winner of the 1993 International Great American Jazz Piano Competition. Her 16 albums as a leader have topped the JazzWeek radio charts: Inspiration #1, Arise #1, Come Together #3, The Lights Are Always On #3, Nuance #4, Convergence #4, Chimes of Freedom #8,  and were on numerous "Best Of" lists, including The New Yorker and United Press International. LIVE was named one of UPI’s Best Jazz CDs and among The New Yorker magazine’s Best CDs of the year. Solo was one of the top CDs of 2012 by JAZZIZ magazine, and Convergence, named one of the top 50 CDs of 2011 by JazzTimes. Give Us These Days, was included in the top Jazz CDs of 2018 by Jazz History Online and the Best New Jazz Releases of 2018 by Artsfuse. Chimes of Freedom was one of the Best CDs of 2020 by Downbeat and Best Jazz Instrumental Releases of 2020 by Jazz History Online. Lynne was voted #13, #17 and #18 in the piano category for the 2015, 2016 and 2018 Downbeat Reader's Poll. 


Arriale toured Japan with “100 Golden Fingers” with Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Monty Alexander, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Roger Kellaway, Junior Mance and Ray Bryant. 

She has performed at major international festivals including Montreux, Burghausen, Gilmore, Spoleto Arts, Montreal, Monterey, North Sea, Stuttgart, Pori, San Francisco, Ottawa, Zagreb, Perth, Brisbane, Rouen, Sardinia, Rochester, Wigan, Poznan, Estoril, Inverness, Cork, San Javier and has performed at the Kennedy Center five times.

Arriale’s live TV and radio appearances and concert performances include Profile of a Recording Artist, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Jazz Set, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Her print media features include Billboard, Downbeat, JazzTimes, JAZZIZ, BBC Magazine, and the London Times. Lynne was the first woman to have the cover story for JazzEd magazine, and additional cover stories include 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 appearances throughout the U.S., U.K., and Europe, including the BBC, Radio France and German National Television. 

Band Lineup

Lynne Arriale (piano)

Jasper Somsen (bass)

Lukaz Zyta (drums)