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 BrownPaperTickets.com. For concert information, visit Exodustojazz.com 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.
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.