Trumpeter Bria Skonberg: A coaching session in jazz


Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:30pm to 9:00pm


Paine Hall, Music Room 9

Bria Skonberg Photo: Christine Vaindirlis
Bria Skonberg Photo: Christine Vaindirlis

Join jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg and the Harvard Jazz Combo Initiative students, led by sax player Don Braden '85, for a coaching session and conversation about playing jazz music. Performers include: Caleb Fried '22 (trumpet), Ty Kannegieter '23 (tenor sax), Ryan Chester '20 (trombone), Rachel Savage MCB grad student (piano), Luke Walker '21 (steel pan), Julian Weisman (bass ringer) and Nik Kirk '23 (drummer). Not a musician? Don't know jazz? Come anyway and learn about creativity and how to live a performative life.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Are you an undergrad? Join us for ArtsBites, a student-centered salon-like pizza lunch (very chill) with Skonberg on March 5 at the Office for the Arts. RSVP for lunch required here. Seating is limited and is open to all undergrads on a first come, first served basis. No jazz or music background required!

Described as “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal), Bria Skonberg recently sang the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, played with U2 at the Apollo, sat in with the Dave Matthews band, was a featured guest with Jon Batiste and performed the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden for a NY Rangers game.

A bandleader since her teens, Skonberg has performed festivals and stages the world over, including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and over a hundred more. The “shining hope of hot jazz” (NY Times) has been at the forefront of a revival of classic American music as both a performer and educator, programming concerts and workshops for students of all ages. She tours constantly bringing her own signature sound of fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals together with storytelling and adventurous concoctions of classic and new.

Originally from the small town of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Bria studied jazz and performance at Capilano University in Vancouver while balancing a full road schedule with two bands. After graduating she traveled extensively, performing in China, Japan and throughout Europe as a featured artist. Seeking new challenges, Bria moved to New York city in September of 2010. Upon arrival she went to jam with friends in Washington Square Park and an hour into playing world renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis stopped to listen. He gave her a thumbs up.