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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Bria Skonberg, Trumpet and Vocals

Friday, February 14, 2020 9 PM Zankel Hall
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Bria Skonberg by Carolina Palmgren
New York–based singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (The Wall Street Journal). Praised for “shaking up the jazz world” and recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat, Skonberg has been a dynamic force with her bold horn playing, smoky vocals, and superb original tunes, as well as her extraordinary command of a range of styles and standards.

Part of: Joyce and George T. Wein Shape of Jazz

Performers

Bria Skonberg, Trumpet and Vocals
Devin Starks, Bass
Darrian Douglas, Drums
Chris Pattishall, Piano

Event Duration

The concert will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Late Nights at Zankel Hall

Join us for a pre-concert drink at the Parterre Bar in Zankel Hall before concerts that start at 9 PM or later.
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This concert and the Joyce and George T. Wein Shape of Jazz series are made possible by the Joyce and George Wein Foundation in memory of Joyce Wein.

Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

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Bria Skonberg

New York–based trumpeter-vocalist Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (The Wall Street Journal). She links the present with the past by playing inventive arrangements of traditional jazz repertoire, clever ...

New York–based trumpeter-vocalist Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (The Wall Street Journal). She links the present with the past by playing inventive arrangements of traditional jazz repertoire, clever reinterpretations of contemporary classics, and original compositions with genuine heart and dynamic flair.

Skonberg’s latest album, Nothing Never Happens, solidifies her as a truly unique voice in the jazz-blues-crossover realm. Released last fall, it offers striking originals and creative covers of Queen, The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and more. Produced by Grammy Award winner Eli Wolf, Nothing Never Happens invites listeners to join Skonberg in diverting attention from the overload of social media, breaking news, political bickering, and negative energy. She channels the ubiquitous anger and hopelessness that confronts us all in the modern media landscape, yet manages to drown out the white noise and shine a light on the serene and the celebratory.

In the past few years, Skonberg has performed the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child, played with U2 at the Apollo Theater, 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 New York Rangers game. The 2017 Juno Award winner for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year has garnered more than 6 million streams on Spotify, and appeared as a featured member of the 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour alongside Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jamison Ross, Melissa Aldana, and Christian Sands. In addition, Skonberg is leader of the Sisterhood of Swing large ensemble, represents Jazz at Lincoln Center in schools, is co-director of the NY Hot Jazz Camp, and is currently creating original educational programming for the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

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