The Evolution of Bria Skonberg: SFJAZZ Festival – Tuesday 14 June 2016

Fred Witt | June 22nd, 2016

16_06_14_KCSM_BSkonbergSinger, trumpeter, songwriter Bria Skonberg played in San Francisco at the SFJAZZ Center Tuesday, while the SF 2016 Jazz Festival was in full swing. Bria is a recent addition to our West Coast scene, appearing in the last 4 or 5 years. If you haven’t seen her, know that she has great singing, trumpet playing and songwriting, and has one of the warmest smiles on stage around. Her shows get remarkably good comments from the audience. One lady coming out at the end of Tuesday’s show was a new listener and was initially reserved. At the end she had a big smile and was heard to say “Dazzling [show]. Every motion, down to her hands touched you.”

Skonberg’s core music style is based on Louis Armstrong and New Orleans jazz. Bria has 3 releases, and was just signed by Sony with a new release coming this year.

On to Tuesday night’s performance at the SFJAZZ Center:

New with Bria are her rearrangements of her earlier work. Titles you hear on stage today may be different music than what you heard before on a CD or in an earlier show. She is bringing new moods and messages with the music. An example is “So Is The Day.” You can click here to hear the release version . If you get to one of Bria’s coming shows you may get to hear new arrangements. (Bria is booked in the Bay Area on July 27, 6:30 in the evening at Jazz On The Plazz in Los Gatos, in the South Bay.)

Bria’s set list at the SFJAZZ Center included 1. Egyptian Fantasy, Sidney Bechet, 2. Hip Check, original, 3. Don’t Be That Way, Benny Goodman/Edgar Sampson, 4. It’s All Right With Me, Cole Porter, 5. Have a Little Heart, Original, 6. Work Song / Nat Adderley, 7. Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell, 8. Three Little Words/Sir Duke – Harry Ruby/Bert Kalmar, Stevie Wonder, 9. So Is The Day, Original.

Her group Tuesday was
Drums – Beth Goodfellow
Bass – Marcus Shelby (*the* Marcus Shelby of the Bay Area)
Piano – Adam Shulman

If you haven’t been there, the SFJAZZ Center is a great place. It is located a few blocks behind the War Memorial Auditorium, downtown. Click here and see our post on the center.

Click here to see other reviews of Skonberg’s work in the KCSM blog:   Winter Fest @ Cafe Stritch, Interview & Show @ Piedmont Piano, Preview to Winter Fest, Interview @ Summer Fest, and I’m Talkin’ Jazz.

(In answer to one audience question aside, a former group “Mighty Aphrodite” has not performed in a few years.)

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