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BRIA SKONBERG, a Friend of the NRB and Superb Hot Jazz Singer and Musician, Marries Matthew Papper, the artistic director of Town Hall (and a Michigan Native), Scores a Feature in the New York Times
Bria Skonberg is a multi-talented musician who grew up in Chilliwack, British Columbia. She has come a long way in a few short years. We met her on the jazz festival circuit when the NRB played in her hometown more than a few years ago.
Bria was the leader of the Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band (MAJB), a group of seven female musicians. At one point, Bria and two of her MAJB Canadian colleagues were featured with the New Reformation Band at the Elkhart Indiana Jazz Festival. We enjoyed immensely sharing the spotlight with her, but she had many advantages over us. She is a strikingly beautiful individual who is an accomplished songwriter and vocalist, and a “first call” trumpet player as well. And we are… well, look at our photos.
To achieve the level of success for which she strove, Bria moved to the Big Apple. It didn’t take long for her to be “discovered” as a major new talent. She signed this year with Sony Music Masterworks. Her first album on Sony’s Okeh Records label was released a few days ago. Titled “Bria” it is available via her website www.briaskonberg.com and most everywhere music is sold.
Nate Chinen of The New York Times described Bria as “the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day, and the wholesome glow of youth.”
According to the Times, the wedding took place at 430pm on a sweltering September 10th at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Education Center in Lower Manhattan.
Here is the link to that feature article:
There must be a lot of broken hearts needing mending among her thousands of male admirers. Prescription from the NRB for these broken hearted lads: listening to her recordings will go a long way in that healing process.
Congratulations, Bria, from all of us in the NRB.
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