Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Singer/Trumpeter's debut album on Masterworks/OKeh Records. New album brings a millennial flavor to a collection of standards and originals. On tour throughout 2016.
With a unique fusion of modern-day pop sensibility, combined with sizzling musicianship, Bria Skonberg makes a firm claim on fresh territory in the sophisticated pop landscape pioneered by Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall and Michael Bublé. Titled Bria, her debut album on Portrait Records features standards plus five original songs. Skonberg credits producer Matt Pierson with helping her tie together the best aspects of the music she's been exploring, in a quest "to fuse my love of classic jazz with worldly rhythm, percussion, contemporary songwriting and more."
Noted as a Millennial "Shaking Up the Jazz World," according to Vanity Fair, Bria Skonberg is a self-described "small town girl" from Chilliwack, British Columbia, who hightailed if to Vancouver straight out of high school and earned a degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance. She developed her songwriting chops while working with TV/jingle producer Paul Airey, known for his work with the likes of Warner Bros. studios and the National Hockey League. Skonberg is an established touring artist with numerous club and festival performances scheduled throughout 2016. In addition, in an upcoming issue of Down Beat magazine, she's recognized as one of "25 for the Future." All in all, it's an impressive present and even more promising future for this welcome new voice.
Wall Street Journal
Poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.
Personnel: Bria Skonberg (vocals, trumpet); Evan Arntzen (clarinet, tenor saxophone, percussion); Aaron Diehl (piano); Stefon Harris (vibraphone); Ali Jackson (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Chris Allen .
Liner Note Author: Bria Skonberg.
Recording information: Sear Sound, New York, NY.