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Lynn Riley
Madeleine Riley
Adjunct Instructor
Director; Fusion Band



MacAlister Hall, Suite 2018

Madeleine (Lynn) has been on the faculty at Drexel University since 1999. She is the director of the Fusion Band and wrote the arrangements for and produced their 7 recordings, Tell Me Something Funky (2019), Tell Me Something Good (2018), Funk Out Front (2016), Black and Blue (2014), Comin’ Home Baby (2012), Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing (2010) and Cold Duck Sauce, Best of Drexel Fusion Band (2008).

Lynn also directs the music program for the community based learning practicum PRFA-100. The course pairs Drexel students with community children to teach free after-school music classes at the Dornsife Center, Drexel’s civic engagement center.

Lynn 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 M.L.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii. Lynn has performed with many legendary musicians, including Grover Washington Jr., Philly Joe Jones, David Bromberg, Rachelle Farrell, Peter White, Gerald Veasley, David Murray, Frank Wess, Shirley Scott, Charles Earland and Johnny Pacheco, as well as leading her own groups. She was chosen in 2020 to be the Artist in Residence at Paris Bistro Jazz Café. She was chosen in 2000 to present her band at the Painted Bride Arts Center for their series Women Leaders in Jazz. 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, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. She is currently working on a new recording due out in 2021. Her 2 previous recordings Say What Lynn Riley and The World Mix (2014) and Too Cool (2009) are both available at