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JAZZ

BRIA SKONBERG

Production & Tour Management, Website, Design & Social Media

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BIO

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"A millennial shaking up the jazz world” Vanity Fair

 

To most of us, the adventures of trailblazing trumpeter, vocalist and songwriter Bria Skonberg are borderline unbelievable. 

 

Described as “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal) she recently sang the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, played with U2 at the Apollo, sat in with the Dave Matthews band, was a featured guest with Jon Batiste and sang the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden for a NY Rangers game. A bandleader since her teens, Bria has performed festivals and stages the world over, including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and over a hundred more. In 2016 Bria released her debut LP on Sony Masterworks which won a Canadian JUNO award and made the Top 5 on Billboard jazz charts; her music has over 7 million streams on Spotify. A 6x Downbeat Rising Star, further accolades include the Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing Award, Best Vocal and Best Trumpet from Hot House Jazz Magazine and Outstanding Jazz Artist at the Bistro Awards.  The “shining hope of hot jazz” (NY Times) has been at the forefront of a revival of classic American music as both a performer and educator, programming concerts and workshops for students of all ages. She has been on faculty at the Teagarden Jazz Camp (2008- present) and Centrum Jazz Camp, performs outreach on behalf of Jazz at Lincoln Center, is currently developing educational activities for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and co-directs the New York Hot Jazz Camp she co-founded in 2015. In 2018 Lincoln Center sought out her leadership for a tribute to the first integrated all female big band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, which launched her acclaimed group Sisterhood of Swing. In 2019 she was a featured member of Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour for 26 dates alongside Cecile McLorin Salvant, Christian Sands, Melissa Aldana and Jamison Ross. Bria is a member of the Town Hall Ensemble, an all star cast directed by Steven Bernstein that celebrates the cultural and musical history of New York city. She tours constantly bringing her own signature sound of fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals together with storytelling and adventurous concoctions of classic and new.

Originally from the small town of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Bria studied jazz and performance at Capilano University in Vancouver while balancing a full road schedule with two bands. After graduating she traveled extensively, performing in China, Japan and throughout Europe as a featured artist. When she wasn’t traveling, Bria was honing her chops with Dal Richards, Vancouver’s King of Swing. Playing BC Place Stadium at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver capped off this exciting period, with Bria featured at the Paralympics opening ceremony for over 50 000 people. Seeking new challenges, Bria moved to New York city in September of 2010. Upon arrival she went to jam with friends in Washington Square Park and an hour into playing world renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis stopped to listen. He gave her a thumbs up.

PRESS

NYC Trumpet Player, Singer, Songwriter, Instigator.

"Looks like a Scandinavian angel, plays trumpet like a red hot devil, and sings like a dream."
- Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal

"It’s such a groove watching my skol sister follow in the path of Pops, Louis Armstrong, the one who started it all..." – Quincy Jones
- Quincy Jones

“"has become the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day, and the wholesome glow of youth.”
- New York Times

It's a rare talent that can straddle—and dare request membership in—the trumpet artist continuum emanating from Louis Armstrong and progressing down through his "Neo Orleans" progeny: Byron Stripling, Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton (whose big band trumpet section Skonberg graces). However, with her bravura performance on So is the Day, Bria Skonberg confirms that she is not only indeed a triple threat musician—player, vocalist and composer—but also that that esteemed lineage, consummate entertainers all, would heartily approve her membership…She exhibits stylistic shades of Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, and Diana Krall. She has a beautiful voice—both soul sultry and innocent sweet—and an instrumentalist's feel for melodic line and rhythm. Her vocal and horn chops intertwine seamlessly…An insightfully versatile composer, Skonberg delivers nine engaging originals, all stylistically unique…"
- Nicholas F. Mondello, All About Jazz

VIDEO

So is the Day (Official Music Video)

Cornet Chop Suye

Production Manager  & Tour Coordinator

Ubuntu World Music
Christine Vaindirlis
P: 212-784-6163

info@ubuntuworldmusic.com

Management

Metamorphic Mgmt.

Randy Henner

randy@metamorphicconcerts.com

P: 917-297-1151

Booking

International Music Network

Jeanna Disney

jeanna@imnworld.com
P: 978-965-3425 / 978-283-2883

DISCOGRAPHY

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ALSO APPEARS ON

Colleen Clark Collective:
Introducing Collen Clark 2014

The Morganville Four: 
Alone With My Dream
JazzRules 2012

Wycliffe Gordon “Hello Pops” Tribute to Louis Armstrong 2011
Dal Richards Orchestra:
Dal Richards and Friends 
"One More Time" 2009

Dal Richards and Friends 2008
Emily Asher (featuring Garden Party)
Dreams May Take You, 2012
Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band:
Sing, Dance, Play 2010
What A Little Moonlight Can Do 2009
Live In Arizona 2006
Meet The MAJB 2005

Big Bang Jazz Band:
Big Bang Jazz Band, 2009
Life’s a Beach 2007
Live at the Hot Jazz Club 2006
Worth The Weight 2005
Eight To The Bar 2004
Open to Interpretation 2003 
No Fun Intended 2002

Solomon Douglas Swingtet
Soul Serenade featuring Kim Massey 2012
Live at The Legion 2010

Bria And Jim’s Borderline Jazz Band
Over Easy 2008
Trumpet Gumbo
Trumpet Gumbo 2008

Jon-Erik Kellso
Kellso’s BC Buddies
Buddies Nelson Boschman
Keeping Time
Keeping Time Vol. II

 

Villain Vanguard

Blackbird Fantasy

Same Kind of Crazy