Described as “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal) and “the shining hope of hot jazz” (New York Times), triple threat trailblazer Bria Skonberg is a force to be reckoned with. This multi-award winning trumpeter, singer and composer makes her SOPAC debut combining her signature sound of fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals. She blends Jazz, Blues and beyond with storytelling and adventurous concoctions of classics and soulful originals.
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“Ms. Skonberg 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.
The New York Times
“A millennial shaking up the Jazz world.”
“On her debut US recording, trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg makes a diverse musical statement. it’s clear she’s up to more than nostalgia.”
New York Daily News
Singer, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal). Bria stormed onto the Jazz scene with her smoky vocals, blistering trumpet and compelling compositions and arrangements. The Juno Award winner has sung the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, played with U2 at the iconic Apollo Theater, sat in with the Dave Matthews Band, was a featured guest with Jon Batiste, performed as part of The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour,and sang the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for a New York Rangers game.
Bria’s Fall 2019 album, Nothing Never Happens, has striking originals and creative covers of Queen, The Beatles, Duke Ellington and more. Produced by Grammy Award winner Eli Wolf, Nothing Never Happens invites listeners to join Skonberg in diverting attention from the overload of social media, breaking news, political bickering and negative energy, with a stunning album that at times channels the ubiquitous anger and hopelessness that confronts us all in the modern media landscape, but at others manages to drown out that white noise and shine a light on the serene and the celebratory. Described by Bria as being “grittier, bluesy-er and funkier,” than her previous albums, its sounds are inspired by Tom Waits, Duke Ellington and Memphis Soul.