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Rising Jazz Singer/Pianist Ariel Pocock To Play Gilmore Jazz Series

Chris Drukker

The story goes in Ariel Pocock's family that Ariel first appeared onstage at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival when she was six months old. Her father, David Pocock, was the festival's first artistic director. She was raised, however, in Seattle and Los Angeles, where she began honing her jazz piano chops very early.  

Her 2015 debut album, Touchstone, was recently lauded by Downbeat magazine and Jazz Times magazine. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, the singer/pianist, now in her early twenties, talks about the album's choice of songs, the experienced players who recorded with her, and producer Matt Pierson's influence on the project.  Now living in North Carolina, she talks about her love of performing and her openness to new opportunities as they arise.

Click here to see a list of Ms. Pocock's performances at The Gilmore. 

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
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