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Kimmel Center Presents

Bria Skonberg

Saturday
May 09, 2020
8:00 PM
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Overview

New York based trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal).  She links the present with the past by playing inventive arrangements of traditional jazz repertoire, clever reinterpretations of contemporary classics and original compositions with genuine heart and dynamic flair.  Ms. Skonberg's forthcoming album solidifies her as a truly unique voice in the jazz-blues-crossover realm.  

In the last year she has sang the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams (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. The 2017 Juno Award Winner for Best Vocal Jazz Album and 2018 Juno nominee has garnered over 6 million streams on Spotify, made the Top 5 on Billboard jazz charts, was voted #2 Rising Star by Downbeat Magazine and has organically earned over 25K online followers.  Her latest crowd funded recording project, produced by Grammy award winning Eli Wolf, prominently features Bria's compelling song writing skills alongside a few creative covers (Queen, a Beatles/Duke Ellington mashup) highlighting her fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals. A voice for this generation, she approaches contemporary subjects of womens' rights, civil rights, frustration, despair and hope through an overarching theme of "finding light in the darkness."

“Bria Skonberg looks like a Scandinavian angel, plays trumpet like a red hot devil and sings like a dream ... Poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation"
- Wall Street Journal

“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”
- Vanity Fair

“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

“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.”
- All About Jazz

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