Ariel Pocock
Jazz Pianist | Vocalist | Composer

At 21, Ariel Pocock has already earned national and international recognition for her music. Recognized by Downbeat Magazine, Ariel won both the jazz piano and jazz voice divisions for her age group. During the 2009 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center, Ariel received the award for Outstanding Solo Pianist as well as the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation's top award.

Other achievements include winning first place in the 2010 Seattle-Kobe Jazz Vocalist Competition, earning Outstanding Piano Soloist at the 2008 Lionel Hampton International Festival, and opening for Sheryl Crow at the Seattle Opera House. Notable performances include Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Lincoln Center, in Kobe, Japan, and as a part of Cedar Rapid's Music Under The Stars series. She has also appeared as a headline act in the Elkhart Jazz Festival and the Iowa City Jazz Festival.


Notable performances past & present:
The Jazz Cruise 2014

Twin Cities Jazz Festival
Valentines Day - Deering Estate - Miami FL
JAZZIZ Nightlife - Boca Raton FL

 The Seattle Times has called her a "brilliant vocalist", a "star in the making", and a  jazz pianist with "a true facility".

 Ariel's debut recording, "Touchstone", is on the Artistshare label. She is backed by jazz legends Larry Grenadier, bass, who has recorded extensively with Pat Metheny, Brad Mehldau, and Chick Corea, and drummer Eric Harland, known for his work with McCoy Tyner, Joshua Redman, and jazz supergroup James Farm. Brilliant young guitarist Julian Lage is also featured on several duets. The project is produced by Grammy-nominated Matt Pierson, who has worked with everyone from Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, and Kirk Whalum to Willie Nelson and k.d. lang.