Arioli had been singing in jazz clubs in Montreal when she met guitar player Jordan Officer at a jam led by Stephen Barry. Together they started the Susie Arioli Band. Their first big opportunity came in 1998 when after a successful outdoor show they were asked by the Montreal International Jazz Festival to open for Ray Charles. Their opening set got the attention of Montreal critics and soon after they released their first CD, "It's Wonderful".
Arioli now has four albums on Justin Time, three of which were Juno nominated, and all of which were best selling jazz titles in Canada. The second album, Pennies From Heaven, is also the last recording of jazz pianist Ralph Sutton who is featured on two tracks. Her third album, That's For Me, is produced by acclaimed jazz producer John Snyder. Her fourth album, Learn To Smile Again, is a departure, and features six songs by country songwriter Roger Miller. For the fifth album, she is back to her jazz roots with Night Lights, a collection of standards. All the albums feature guitar player/arranger Jordan Officer.
In an article in Atlantic Monthly, Arioli was recognized by jazz writer Francis Davis as an emerging jazz talent.