Artist of the day: Lynne Arriale
Lynne Arriale’s latest album has some surprises. Three tracks into Convergence (Motema), the pianist and her trio break away from jazz and flow into an elegant version of the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. It’s a lovely moment, and the group has several other pop covers on the disc, including Blondie’s Call Me, the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black, Sting’s Sister Moon and even Nine Inch Nails’ Something I Can Never Have. But there’s also plenty of compelling jazz in Arriale’s own compositions, one of which, Dance of the Rain, features an oud, a Middle Eastern stringed instrument.
With a dozen recordings to her credit, Arriale, 54, is one of the top jazz pianists of her generation. She’s professor of jazz piano at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. On Sunday, in a presentation by the Tampa Jazz Club, she gives a solo concert at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Building on the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City campus, Palm Avenue and 14th Street, Tampa. $15, $20 and $10 for students. (813) 253-7695. Click here for details.
-- John Fleming, tbt*