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Bria Skonberg: Nothing Never Happens

Read "Nothing Never Happens" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Canadian trumpeter Bria Skonberg has made a name for herself as a player who is adept in traditional jazz styles but can also dabble in modern forms of rock and pop music. Her previous CD, With A Twist (Okeh, 2017), was a fun mixture of hot jazz and bubbly 1950s and 1960s pop tunes sparked with her own bright energy. Since then the grind of a musician's life, the state of the world and general media overload seem to have ...

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Bria Skonberg: Nothing Never Happens

Read "Nothing Never Happens" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In what can only be considered a wide, darker turn from her five previous recordings which swayed and swung in more traditional, pre-bop, jazz settings, award-winning trumpeter-vocalist-composer Bria Skonberg takes us through the dark night of her heart and the national soul on the fraught, yet impossible-not-to-listen-to Nothing Never Happens. Swamped as we all are by the twenty-four-hour news cycle which brings the apocalypse to our very doorsteps, and the myriad emotions that all too often empower us ...

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Bria Skonberg: In Flight

Read "Bria Skonberg: In Flight" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Bria Skonberg's roots are in a city more than 2,000 miles--and a different country--away from jny: New Orleans and the traditional jazz music identified with region at the mouth of the Mississippi River. But when she puts her trumpet to her lips and plays, whether with her own quintet or another formation, running through a standard or original song, the spirit of the Crescent City emerges. Traditional jazz--particularly Louis Armstrong--is what first inspired the young girl in Chilliwack, ...

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Bria Skonberg: So is the Day

Read "So is the Day" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

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.


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