Lynne Arriale Trio

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Last Show: Tuesday 15 th October 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

“One of the most exciting pianists in contemporary jazz” (The Guardian- UK), pianist/composer Lynne Arriale (USA) has performed on international concert stages over the past 25 years. Jazz Police called her "the poet laureate of her generation". She has touched the hearts and inspired the imaginations of audiences worldwide and has been consistently praised as having a "singular voice" as a pianist, bandleader and composer. Her trio, with Jasper Somsen (NL) and E.J. Strickland (USA) explore Arriale’s stunning originals and beloved classics of artists including the Beatles and Joni Mitchell, combining world music inspirations and pop/rock influences.

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“Lynne Arriale's music lies at the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul. She achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale's emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her…She is one of jazzdom's most intensely unique voices.”


Lynne Arriale released her 14th album as a leader (May 2018), with her debut on Challenge Records. Give Us These Days features renowned Dutch musicians, bassist Jasper Somsen and drummer, Jasper van Hulten and a cameo performance from special guest vocalist, Kate McGarry. Lynne’s current trio line-up features Jasper Somsen and drummer E.J. Strickland.

Give Us These Days is ambitious both in its conception and its unbridled sense of wonder. The six originals and three arrangements on this album lead, ever so gently, to the chambers of the heart, there to reflect upon the precious and ephemeral nature of existence. 

Arriale’s playing throughout this record is powerful; informed by rigorous classical training, prodigious technique, and seemingly boundless creativity. Her music exhibits a purity, unfettered by ego, and is lifted by a palpable sense of spiritual equanimity. 

All 14 albums as a leader have topped the Jazzweek US Radio Charts. Arriale’s albums have been on numerous "Best Of" lists including The New Yorker, United Press International, JAZZIZ and JazzTimes. She toured with the 100 Golden Fingers tour of Japan with iconic jazz pianists Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Monty Alexander, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Roger Kellaway, Junior Mance and Ray Bryant. Arriale has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats such as Randy Brecker, George Mraz, Benny Golson, Rufus Reid, Larry Coryell and Marian McPartland.

The world's great jazz festivals and concert stages have invited Lynne to perform, including five performances at the Kennedy Center and performances at Lincoln Center, Montreux, Burghausen, Gilmore, Spoleto Arts, Montreal, Monterey, North Sea Jazz, Stuttgart, Pori, San Francisco, Ottawa, Zagreb, Perth, Brisbane, Rouen, Cannes MIDEM, Sardinia, Rochester, Wigan, Poznan, Estoril, Palermo, Inverness, Cork and San Javier.   Lynne Arriale has toured extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, South America, South Africa, the US and Canada.

Dutch double bassist/composer/producer, Jasper Somsen has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband and Paolo Fresu. Jasper produced ten albums for Challenge Records, which includes four albums as a leader.

Enoch Jamal "E.J." Strickland is world-renowned drummer and composer who has appeared on over 60 albums. He is in great demand in New York's jazz scene and has toured, performed, and recorded with some of the greatest names in contemporary music: Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, Lizz Wright, Russell Malone, George Colligan, David Gilmore, Vincent Herring and Nnenna Freelon. As a bandleader, E.J. has released three albums.  

Band Lineup

Lynne Arriale (piano)

Jasper Somsen (bass)

E.J. Strickland (drums)