This summer, AAJ contributor Mary Ann Lacey interviewed Susie Arioli before and after her closing concert for the 2007 Montreal International Jazz Festival. Arioli and her partner, Jordan Officer, make up the core of the Susie Arioli Band, whose gentle jazz and swing ballads have enraptured audiences across the country and abroad since their start in 1997. Arioli sings in a soft but clear voice while playing brushes on the snare drum. Her repertoire includes jazz tunes like Pennies from Heaven" and By Myself," and more country/popular songs like Husbands & Wives" and By the Time I Get to Phoenix." All these songs are available on her CD/DVD release, Susie Arioli Band featuring Jordan Officer Live at the Montreal International Jazz Festival
(Justin Time, 2007).
Officer is Arioli's partner in life as well as in music. He plays lead guitar and writes most of the band's arrangements. In this special musical evening Arioli and Officer were joined by the sixteen-piece I Musici String Orchestra, as well as Michael Jerome Browne on guitar, Bill Gossage on bass and Remi Leclerc on drums, with string arrangements written by Christopher Smith.
Check out Susie Arioli: Brushing with Strings at AAJ today!
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