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Lynne Arriale at the pianoWhether or not you caught Antonio Ciacca Trio earlier in the day at Naz, pianist Lynne Arriale makes a stop on her tour promoting a new Motema disc Convergence at Exodus To Jazz, 8:00 pm on April 9th at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. She will be there with a killing group, joined by saxophonist JD Allen, Omer Avital on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.

Arriale was here last summer playing sets at the Xerox Auditorium during the 2010 International Jazz Festival. I enjoyed one of these trio sets and agree with JazzTimes reviewer who noted that Arriale "achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways....[her] emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her".

The Lutheran Church of the Reformation is located at 111 N. Chestnut St, in downtown Rochester. There are three levels of tickets available. "Table ticket holders ($35) sit at round tables of five chairs, closest to the stage and the ticket includes free serving of food and beverage from the food concession at the concert. Ask for "Reserved Theatre" tickets ($25) to sit in the reserved section of theatre seats closest to the stage (however, individual seats in these areas are on a "first come, first seated" basis. "General Admission" ($20) ticket holders sit in the remaining areas of the main floor and the balcony. Tickets are available at all Wegmans stores and online at For concert information, visit or call (585) 733-7685. Tickets are also available at the door when it opens at 7:00 pm.  Parking is available at the church and nearby.

So, if you didn't catch her last year at XRIJF, here's a video of Arriale with a trio doing Paul McCartney's Beatles hit Blackbird at Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany, showcasing some of the renditions of pop hits she incorporates into her sets of standards and originals:

For more on Arriale as an artist, check out Jason Crane's January interview on the JazzSession podcast.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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