Bria Skonberg: Beauty, Brains & Bop Gary G. Vercelli Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Sacramento, CA It wasn’t too many years ago that an attractive young trumpeter from Canada was wooing audiences at Sacramento’s Jazz Jubilee as a member of the all-female trad jazz band Mighty Aphrodite. Now all grown up, Bria Skonberg has just released her first album for a major record label. The eponymously titled “Bria” features many vocal standards in the sophisticated pop style of Diana Krall and Michael Bublé plus five original songs penned by this emerging composer. Bria’s voice has an innocent and alluring quality about it. As a trumpeter, she adheres to the traditional standards and classic jazz she learned as a youngster. Bria, by the way, continues to foster young talent as an educator. She has performed at over one hundred jazz festivals worldwide and she is the co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp and Festival. The Wall Street Journal said she is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Bria is surrounded by top notch musicians from the New York scene on this album. Pianist Aaron Diehl, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, and bassist Reginald Veal are among the all-stars who collaborate with Bria. The self-described “small town girl” from Chilliwack, British Columbia is now taking the jazz mecca of New York by storm! Check out Bria’s new release now prominently featured on Excellence In Jazz!