Sunday, May 20, 6 p.m.
The Redstone Room, 129 Main Street, Davenport IA
Performing as the latest guests in Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinée Series, the Lynne Arriale Trio – featuring bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Jon Deitemyer – brings formidable talent to Davenport's Redstone Room on May 20, the ensemble's pianist, composer, and namesake described as “the poet laureate of her generation” by Jazz Police, with multiple Grammy winner Randy Brecker adding, “Her music transcends the word 'jazz' – it is just pure music.”
The first-prize winner of the 1993 International Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Arriale has released 13 albums as a bandleader that have topped the Jazzweek radio charts, with recordings such as Inspiration, Arise, Come Together, and Nuance all landing on best-of-the-year lists in such publications as The New Yorker and United Press International. Her credits include performing on the 100 Golden Fingers tour of Japan with iconic jazz pianists Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, and Monty Alexander, and Arriale has also played and/or recorded with genre greats such as Randy Brecker, George Mraz, Benny Golson, Rufus Reid, and Marian McPartland. The pianist's international appearances on concert and festival stages, meanwhile, include stops at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, and her international tours have brought her to locales as diverse as Brazil, Germany, Serbia, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, and the Czech Republic.
A devoted educator and Yamaha artist, Arriale is currently Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Small Ensembles at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, and has served as a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, the Centrum Port Townsend Jazz Workshop, and the Thelonious Monk Institute in Aspen. As stated in All About Jazz: “Lynne Arriale’s remarkable career is distinguished by a rare commitment to authenticity and vulnerability defined by careful craft and high artistic standards. It is precisely this willingness to remain so emotionally exposed that makes her performances so accessible to music lovers of all kinds.”
Polyrhythms' 6 p.m. concert on May 20 will be preceded by a 3 p.m. “Jazz Demystifying” workshop; tickets are $10-15 for the evening performance, with the workshop $5 for adults and free for students. For tickets and information, contact Polyrhythms at (309)373-0790 or Polyrhythms.org, or the Redstone Room at (563)326-1333 or RiverMusicExperience.org.