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Lynne Arriale


New York pianist Lynne Arriale began her musical studies at age four and eventually earned a master’s degree in piano performance from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Her career path took a sudden turn when she decided to pursue a career as a jazz pianist, committed to developing her own sound as a leader, composer, and arranger (in the tradition of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans). Since that time, she has performed throughout the world with her trio. In the past year, the Lynne Arriale Trio has played concerts and festivals in Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, England, Ireland, and Scotland; as well as numerous tours throughout the U.S. and Canada. The trio has recorded seven CDs and is receiving wide critical acclaim for their newest release, "Inspiration," which recently hit #1 on the U.S. radio jazz charts and was awarded the German Record Critic’s Award. Past CDs have included, "Live at Montreux", which was recorded at the 1999 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland; "Melody", "A Long Road Home", "With Words Unspoken", "When You Listen", and "The Eyes Have It". Lynne Arriale was the winner of the 1993 International Great American Jazz Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. Lynne has performed in concert and on National Public Radio’s "Piano Jazz" with jazz legend Marian McPartland, as well as "Jazz Set," hosted by Branford Marsalis. Lynne has also toured Japan as part of the prestigious "100 Golden Fingers" group, with jazz greats Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Junior Mance, Monty Alexander, Roger Kellaway, Ray Bryant and Cedar Walton.

In addition to performing, Lynne is deeply committed to jazz education and has conducted educational clinics and taught privately throughout the United States and Europe. She is a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, which conducts workshops in the United States and the UK. Lynne and her trio were clinicians and performers at the Thelonius Monk Institute in Aspen, CO. Lynne was recently appointed by the International Association of Jazz Educators to their prestigious Jazz Piano Resource Team.

JAY ANDERSON Bassist/composer Jay Anderson began playing acoustic bass at the age of 12. Since that time, he has won numerous awards for both jazz and classical performance. Jay is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach. Since moving to New York City in 1982, he has continued to perform and record with some of the most important names in jazz. Jay has been a regular member in the bands of Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan, Michael Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Michael Franks, Eliane Elias, Bennie Wallace, Steve Khan, Carmen McRae and has been a regular with the great Joe Sample since 1992. He has been featured on over 150 recordings, including work with Paul Bley, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Bob Mintzer, Mike Stern, Donald Byrd, Terumasa Hino, Lee Konitz, Warren Bernhardt and many others. He has performed with the big bands of Woody Herman, Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi & Lew Tabackin, and WDR Koln, Germany. He has also recorded two albums of his own for the DMP label, Next Exit, and Local Color. Jay is also a recipient of the NEA grant for composition and two Meet the Composer grants and has been featured on ten Grammy Award nominated recordings. He has conducted clinics around the world and is a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY New Paltz, NY.

STEVE DAVIS Drummer Steve Davis has performed with David Liebman, Bill Evans, Richie Bierach, John Pattitucci, Pat LaBarbara, Walt Weiskopf and Lynne Arriale. He has over seventy recordings to his credit, including three under his own name featuring collaborators such as John Hart, Drew Gress and Tim Reis. He has been a member of the Lynne Arriale Trio for the past six years and has recorded six CD’s with the trio. Other recording credits include work with Walt Weiskopf, Conrad Herwig, Richie Bierach, Bill Evans, Kenny Werner, Tim Hagans, John Pattitucci, Manfredo Fest and Andy Laverne. Steve has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. In addition to performing, Steve has been on the faculty of Jamey Aebersold Jazz Clinics since 1982 and recently served on the faculty of the Berlin Conservatory of Music as professor of jazz studies. He has written six educational drum books and has conducted educational clinics throughout the world
Lynne Arriale