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New York based Bria Skonberg, trumpeter and vocalist, has quickly been making waves in her first year here. Originally from Chilliwack, B.C. Since moving to New York 18 months ago she has performed with jazz luminaries Bucky Pizzarelli, Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton, and Vince Giordano at the city's top spots including Birdland, Symphony Space, Dizzy's Coca Cola as well as Louis Armstrong's own backyard in Queens. She has represented Canada as a bandleader and guest artist all over North America, Europe, China and Japan. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and pursuit of world-wide fun, she is creating a style all her own rooted in swampy New Orleans and blues with swing, pop and world music influences. Intent on giving back, she programs and narrates school shows and workshops for Kindergarten through college level students and is a faculty member of the annual Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camp. Her recent release on Random Act Records "So Is The Day" is receiving rave reviews and features an all star line-up including a duet with guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli. www.briaskonberg.com
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