"Bria Skonberg looks like a Scandinavian angel, plays trumpet like a red hot devil, and sings like a dream." —Wall Street Journal
8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Bria Skonberg to the South on Main stage! This is the fourth and final show in our 2015 - 2016 Jazz Series! Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. This series is made possible by presenting sponsor, the UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication. Additional partners include The Summer Foundation, Arkansas Arts Council, Capital Hotel, Piano Kraft, Rosen Music Company, and FM-89.1 KUAR.
Single tickets to Bria Skonberg go on sale at noon on June 15. Tickets are $20 (General Admission), $30 (Reserved), and $32 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.
Hailing from Chilliwack, BC, and now living in New York City, award-winning trumpeter / vocalist / composer Bria Skonberg is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."
Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and instigative nature, she is now creating an adventurous style rooted in New Orleans jazz and blues, world percussion, soul, and cabaret. In 2014, she released her sophomore album on Random Act Records, Into Your Own. Her debut US release entitled So Is the Day, peaked at #7 on the Jazz Radio Charts. She currently tours the world, headlining major clubs and festivals, as well as programming music education workshops for all ages. Skonberg is an active volunteer at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens and co-producer of the New York Hot Jazz Festival.
"It's a rare talent that can straddle—and dare request membership in—the trumpet artist continuum emanating from Louis Armstrong and progressing down through his 'Neo Orleans’ progeny: Byron Stripling, Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton (whose big band trumpet section Skonberg graces). However, with her bravura performance on So is the Day, Bria Skonberg confirms that she is not only indeed a triple threat musician—player, vocalist and composer—but also that that esteemed lineage, consummate entertainers all, would heartily approve her membership... She exhibits stylistic shades of Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, and Diana Krall. She has a beautiful voice—both soul sultry and innocent sweet—and an instrumentalist's feel for melodic line and rhythm. Her vocal and horn chops intertwine seamlessly... An insightfully versatile composer, Skonberg delivers nine engaging originals, all stylistically unique..."
—Nicholas F. Mondello, All About Jazz.