Saxophonist Lynn Riley & Her Group

Thu, Oct 28, 2021

Saxophonist Lynn Riley & Her Group

Lynn Riley enjoys a vibrant career as a jazz musician, composer, and educator, whose primary instruments are saxophone and flute. She has been described more than once as "Superwoman" of the sax.

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pa., she received a B. A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii. Her time spent in Hawaii was influential in developing her sensibility to, and awareness of, different musical cultures.

She continued her musical studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City, studied privately with Doris Sellers (principal flutist of the Kansas City Symphony), saxophone with Ahmed Alladeen, and and immersed in its rich jazz tradition, apprenticed and performed with many of KC's jazz legends. She became involved with the Women's Jazz Festival, an international festival highlighting women musicians. There she had the opportunity to play with luminaries like Carmen McRae, Marian McPartland, Shirley Scott, Emily Remner and Blossom Dearie. After 5 years on the Board of Directors, she headed back east.

Since returning to Philadelphia, Lynn has performed with many great artists like Grover Washington Jr., Philly Joe Jones, David Bromberg, Rachelle Farrell, Charles Earland, Gerald Veasley, David Murray and Johnny Pacheco, as well as leading her own group Lynn Riley and The World Mix. She was chosen to perform at the Painted Bride Arts Center for their series Women Leaders in Jazz in 2000. She has opened for artists such as Najee, Spyro Gyra, Nelson Rangell, Nester Torres, Andy Narell, the Indigo Girls, Brenda K Star, the Mahotella Queens and Compai Segundo of the Buena Vista Club. She has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Touring with diverse groups such as Sharon Katz and the Peace Train (Trans-Alaska tour 2004, South Africa tour 2003, "the South African band that rocks"), Ellas y Amigos (Cuba 2000, 2001, Bolivia 2004, "Funky Caribbean Latin Jazz"), FVC/Manifest III 1997-present ("Motown to Miles") and Monnette Sudler's Ladies Night Out 2011-present, has introduced new audiences to Lynn's playing and gained her enthusiastic fans worldwide.

*** Effective Monday August 16th, in compliance with the City of Philadelphia’s option for COVID-19 restrictions, Chris' Jazz Cafe has made the decision to require ALL patrons to provide proof of full vaccination, with a corresponding Photo ID.

Without proof of full vaccination you will NOT be permitted to enter the premises. This step is being taken out of an abundance of caution and will be required for all shows. We hope to do our part to keep our community safe while we continue to enjoy the very best of local, national & international jazz. ***

DINNER & SHOW AVAILABLE (Max of 4 tickets per order, limited seating) $65 per person includes 3 course dinner & show. Beverages, tip & tax not included. Arrival time for 8pm show is 7pm, General Admission available at 7:30pm

GENERAL ADMISSION - $15 with A La Carte Menu. Arrival times for 9:30 pm show is 9:15

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Watch the online show here: Lynn Riley



Lynn Riley enjoys a vibrant career as a jazz musician, composer, and educator, whose primary instruments are saxophone and flute. She has been described more than once as "Superwoman" of the sax.

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pa., she received a B. A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii. Her time spent in Hawaii was influential in developing her sensibility to, and awareness of, different musical cultures.

She continued her musical studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City, studied privately with Doris Sellers (principal flutist of the Kansas City Symphony), saxophone with Ahmed Alladeen, and and immersed in its rich jazz tradition, apprenticed and performed with many of KC's jazz legends. She became involved with the Women's Jazz Festival, an international festival highlighting women musicians. There she had the opportunity to play with luminaries like Carmen McRae, Marian McPartland, Shirley Scott, Emily Remner and Blossom Dearie. After 5 years on the Board of Directors, she headed back east.

Since returning to Philadelphia, Lynn has performed with many great artists like Grover Washington Jr., Philly Joe Jones, David Bromberg, Rachelle Farrell, Charles Earland, Gerald Veasley, David Murray and Johnny Pacheco, as well as leading her own group Lynn Riley and The World Mix. She was chosen to perform at the Painted Bride Arts Center for their series Women Leaders in Jazz in 2000. She has opened for artists such as Najee, Spyro Gyra, Nelson Rangell, Nester Torres, Andy Narell, the Indigo Girls, Brenda K Star, the Mahotella Queens and Compai Segundo of the Buena Vista Club. She has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Touring with diverse groups such as Sharon Katz and the Peace Train (Trans-Alaska tour 2004, South Africa tour 2003, "the South African band that rocks"), Ellas y Amigos (Cuba 2000, 2001, Bolivia 2004, "Funky Caribbean Latin Jazz"), FVC/Manifest III 1997-present ("Motown to Miles") and Monnette Sudler's Ladies Night Out 2011-present, has introduced new audiences to Lynn's playing and gained her enthusiastic fans worldwide.