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Bria Skonberg

Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg is described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat magazine (Summer 2016), Skonberg is newly signed to Sony Music Masterworks’ OKeh Records, and will release her debut LP, simply titled BRIA, on September 23, 2016. Wielding a unique blend of modern-day pop sensibility and sizzling musicianship, Skonberg aims for a sense of allure on the new collection. She credits producer Matt Pierson with helping her create music that is both curious and exotic, playing with tension and storytelling

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Article: Live Review

The Jazz Cruise 2024

Read "The Jazz Cruise 2024" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


Celebrity Summit The Jazz Cruise Miami, Labadee, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas January 18-25, 2024 Founded by Anita E. Berry in 2001, The Jazz Cruise has been offering patrons a yearly action-packed weeklong jazz experience at sea with some 100 world-class musicians in 200 hours of programming ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Holiday Music, Birthday Shoutouts, Grammy Nominees & More

Read "New Releases Plus Holiday Music, Birthday Shoutouts, Grammy Nominees & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast begins the holidays with music of the season from John Paul McGee and Hendrik Meurkens new releases from Karen Hammack, The Airmen of Note, Russ Lorenson and Margot Sergent, more nods to Grammy nominees plus birthday shoutouts to Judy Carmichael, Rebecca Coupe Franks, Ethel Ennis, Sylvia Syms, Melissa Aldana, June Christy, Maria Schneider and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Roberta Piket, Bria Skonberg, Vicente Archer and More

Read "Roberta Piket, Bria Skonberg, Vicente Archer and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This wide-ranging program touches on jazz-rock, traditional jazz, and other sub-genres. Musicians heard on the show include Roberta Piket, Sonny Rollins, Bria Skonberg, Marshall Gilkes, and Vicente Archer. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Marshall ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Interviews With Pianist Steve Denny and Singer Charlie Fox

Read "Interviews With Pianist Steve Denny and Singer Charlie Fox" reviewed by Steven Roby


This broadcast of Backstage Jazz features an interview with jazz pianist Steve Denny and multi-genre singer Charlie Fox. We'll also hear from Wayne Shorter, Gene Ammons, and Bria Skonberg. Steve Denny has applied his expansive versatility as a pianist, composer, and educator to the realms of jazz, classical, R&B, gospel, and beyond. He was ...

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Article: Album Review

Benny Benack III: Third Time's The Charm

Read "Third Time's The Charm" reviewed by Jack Bowers


While it remains to be seen whether rising star Benny Benack III's third album as leader is a charm (that is up to the listener), it is definitely a charmer, with delightful turns by trumpeter (and vocalist) Benack and pianist Emmet Cohen complementing stellar performances by a number of well-known and talented guest artists.

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Article: Album Review

Benny Benack III: Third Time's The Charm

Read "Third Time's The Charm" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Though the title of this third album from multihyphenate Benny Benack III might imply misfires with his first two go-rounds, the truth really runs contrary to that line of reasoning. One of a Kind (BB3, 2017), while flying under the radar, introduced some listeners to a talent far too large to be contained; and A Lot ...

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Article: In Pictures

Bria Skonberg Quartet Plays The Perry Pavilion

Read "Bria Skonberg Quartet Plays The Perry Pavilion" reviewed by Mark Robbins


When the city of Chilliwack, British Columbia comes up in a conversation ( if it ever does), one's first thought does not turn to jazz. Now it should because jazz vocalist/trumpet player Bria Skonberg comes from that small Canadian city. Called the “shining hope of hot jazz," Skonberg has appeared on over 25 albums either as ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Clifford Bass

Read "Meet Clifford Bass" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Our newest super fan's first jazz record was The Best of Nat King Cole, which he chose at just ten years old! The bug bit him so hard that, by age 14, he was listening obsessively to A Love Supreme. He is now such a fan of improvisational, in-the-moment performance that he rarely listens to recordings, ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Bassist Adi Meyerson

Read "Introducing Bassist Adi Meyerson" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. As a teenager in Israel, Adi Meyerson played the electric bass and was “into fusion and rock, listening to Jaco (Pastorius) and stuff. I was about 17, and I think it was a family friend who gave me a bunch of Sonny Rollins albums. I kinda ...


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