A rising star in the world of jazz, Ariel Pocock has received national and international recognition as a jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer. According to The Seattle Times, Pocock is a uniquely gifted musician with both her “true facility for… sinewy jazz piano [and] breezy, achingly plain-spoken vocal chops.” Ariel’s proud father, David Pocock, will be remembered locally as the first Artistic Director of the Gilmore Festival.
Pocock will appear at the Festival with bassist James Suter.
Ariel Pocock has received national and international acclaim as an equally capable jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer. Recognized by notable competitions such as Downbeat magazine, Essentially Ellington at Lincoln Center, and the Kobe-Seattle International Jazz Vocal Competition, Ariel has been gaining momentum as a uniquely gifted musician with both her true facility for sinewy jazz piano [and] breezy, achingly plain-spoken vocal chops (Seattle Times).
She has headlined at many notable venues and music festivals, including Ronnie Scott’s London Club, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, the Bellevue Jazz Festival, and recently, the Jazz Cruise. Ariel is currently based in Miami and attends the Frost School of Music as a Stamps Scholar. While in Miami she performs regularly both solo and with her school’s ensembles. In addition to performing and recording, Ariel enjoys working with young musicians, teaching privately and giving masterclasses; the past two summers were spent teaching as a part of the Stanford Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Mentor program, where an elite group of rising-star musicians spent the duration of the workshop teaching children. Ariel has released one album entitled Touchstone.
James Suter, bass, majored in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. He studied acoustic and electric bass privately with Donald Coffman and Chuck Bergeron. James also performed in variety of other jazz groups at Frost ranging from the Funk/Fusion Ensemble to the R&B Ensemble.
As a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet at the Frost School of Music, James Suter has performed in concert with saxophonist Chris Potter, as well as with Gary Burton at Festival Miami, and also with the Matt Wilson Quartet. The Stamps Jazz Quintet was chosen as the “Jazz Group” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011). The group has received special coaching sessions from bass legend Dave Holland, drummer Carl Allen, trumpet virtuosos Brian Lynch, Terence Blanchard, and Dave Douglas, plus percussionist Ignacio Berroa, violinist Mark O’Connor, composer Benny Golson, and other acclaimed artists. Suter is featured on the Stamps Jazz Quintet’s self-titled debut album on Summit Records. He has presented workshops and concerts with the quintet while on a tour to Colorado in 2010, and performed with the Stamps Jazz Quintet at the 2011 Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in New Orleans. The group also shared the stage in 2011 with legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy at a private event.