Time for food and conversation! ArtsBites is the OFA round-table discussion series with undergraduate students and visiting artists. On March 5, we welcome jazz trumpet player and vocalist Bria Skonberg.
Open to all undergraduate students, but registration is required. Food is free. Seating is limited to 20 students. Please register here with a Harvard email address.
Can't make ArtsBites? Join Skonberg and members of the Harvard Jazz Combo Initiative for an open coaching session 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in Music Room 9 at Paine Hall. Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
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.