Arianna Neikrug in the Theater
March 30 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Arianna is a jazz/pop vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and recent Concord Music Group recording artist currently stationed in New York City. A natural born performer, she brings charm and charisma to the stage and delights her audience with expressiveness and humor. Arianna’s soulful, warm sound cuts right to the heart; whether reimagining an old standard or singing her original compositions, she displays a sophisticated, deep understanding of the music and an effortless ability to connect to her listeners.
Arianna graduated with a bachelor of music degree in Studio Music and Jazz (vocal) performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in May of 2015 and has since made her mark in the jazz world. Arianna was the winner of the 2015 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (the “Sassy” Awards) and has shared the stage with various artists including George Coleman, Laurence Hobgood, Steve Miller, Alice Cooper, Kenny Burrell, Neil Young, Al Jarreau, Mindy Abair, James Moody, George Benson, Karrin Allyson, Gretchen Parlato, and Roseanna Vitro. She has headlined at some of the most notable jazz clubs in the US, including Jazz Standard and Birdland in NYC, Catalina Jazz Club and Blue Whale in Los Angeles, SFJazz Center in San Francisco, Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, SOUTH Jazz Kitchen in Philly, The Kennedy Center in D.C. and Spaghettini in Seal Beach. In July of 2016, Arianna traveled with her group to Montreal, Canada to perform at the International Montreal Jazz Festival alongside some of the most renowned jazz artists. Her first international show was an extraordinary success and earned her a standing ovation! Arianna also received an Outstanding Soloist award in the college division at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in March of 2015, where her small jazz vocal group “Extensions” took 1st place.
In August 2018, Arianna released her debut album “Changes” on Concord Records, in collaboration with pianist, arranger, producer and 2010 Grammy® winner, Laurence Hobgood. The album, which features bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Jared Schonig, will delight both jazz purists and novices without making any unwise artistic compromises as she superbly negotiates the glories of jazz’s past with a wide-eyed optimism that betrays her tender age. In addition to her musical endeavors, Arianna is a passionate yogi, earned her 200-hour yoga teaching certification, and currently teaches private and group yoga classes in NYC.