KCSM Reviews: Bria Skonberg @ Cafe Stritch – Sat Mar 5, ’16 – Kaiser Permante San Jose Jazz Winter Fest by Metro

Fred Witt | March 18th, 2016

16_03_11_KCSM_BriaStritchBria Skonberg, New York singer-trumpeter, was back to the recent San Jose Jazz Winter Fest by popular demand.  Bria had shown up at last August’s Summer Fest as a first-timer and was picked by the crowd right away as a favorite.  She was even called in for a post-festival encore show that week !

Ms. Skonberg’s usual warm manner, great voice & trumpet made the night.  People in the audience were saying “Here’s this woman playing the trumpet like crazy.”  and “Bria’s better than some other promising lady brass players we’ve had in here.”

Bria, always busy, was wrapping up a 6-week US tour.  Her quartet played to a packed house of about 150 people at Cafe Stritch, a popular San Jose jazz club.  A lot of people were repeat audience, having seen Bria at August’s Summer Fest.  She put out her usual stellar combination of trumpet and vocal.

On this tour Bria has been playing a mix of jazz classics and her own work.  In this set she brought full-force pieces like Cornet Chop Suey and From This Moment On as well as the melodic La Vie En Rose (sung by Bria in French) and the delicate Trust In Me.  The set was similar to her show at Oakland’s Piedmont Piano the night before.  See the end of this article for the full list.

As explained at the show, her next CD release is recorded, and is in discussion with a label for production calendar & agreements.  Should be out by this summer.  For more info on Ms. Skonberg’s work, see our posts on Interview & Show @ Piedmont Piano, Preview to Winter FestInterview @ Summer Fest, and I’m Talkin’ Jazz.

Bria’s Cafe Stritch Set List

trumpeter Charlie Shavers – Undecided
Bria – Down In the Deep
Benny Goodman, et.al. – Don’t Be That Way
Hoagy Carmichael – Stardust
Bria – Hip Check
Bria – Let’s Go All In
Cole Porter – From This Moment On
Edith Piaf – La Vie En Rose
Louie Armstrong – Cornet Chop Suey
Wever, Ager, & Schwartz – Trust In Me
Bernie, Pinkard, & Casey – Sweet Georgia Brown
Jon McLaughlin – Indiana

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