“One of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” – WSJ
A “millennial shaking up the jazz world” – Vanity Fair
To most of us, the adventures of trailblazing trumpeter, vocalist and songwriter Bria Skonberg are borderline unbelievable.
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. Described as “the shining hope of hot jazz” by The NY Times, Bria has been at the forefront of a revival of classic American music channeling her hero Louis Armstrong. She is co-founder of the popular NY Hot Jazz Festival and NY Hot Jazz Camp for adults. Lincoln Center sought out her leadership to open Midsummer’s Night Swing for a tribute to the first integrated all female big band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. In 2016 Bria released her debut LP on Sony Masterworks which won a Canadian JUNO award and made the Top 5 on Billboard jazz charts; her music has over 3.5 million streams on Spotify. She tours constantly with her NYC based band bringing her own signature sound of fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals with creative concoctions of old and new.