Los Altos’ summer jazz program, Jazz on the Plazz is open air, down town, and free to the public. Their shows are Wednesday evenings, in the vicinity of 6:30 to 8:30. JotP is a volunteer operation led by their great host Jonathan Knowles. The program is supported by sopnsors, with some help by the city. Click here to see their line up for this month.
Last week Jazz on the Plazz brought in the (originally British Columbia) New York singer-songwriter-trumpeter Bria Skonberg. Bria is one of jazz’ rising stars, having been touring and recording for some 10 years now. With one of her performances you get great trumpet playing, a remarkable singing voice, and one of the warmest smiles on stage. See the end of this article for her set list and performer names for this JotP show.
So much comes out in one of her performances that “getting it all” can be a challenge to the listener. The combos she appears with are always good, as are her trumpet work (!) and songwriting. With all this going on, the hidden gem in a show can be the high points of her voice and this can be the treasure hunt for the audience. When you get to a show, listen carefully for some of these best parts that might escape you.