Bria Skonberg

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Bria Skonberg
BornChilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
InstrumentsTrumpet, vocals
LabelsRandom Act, Sony Masterworks

Bria Skonberg is a Canadian jazz trumpeter and vocalist.

Early life[edit]

Skonberg was born in Chilliwack, British Columbia. She took piano lessons in elementary school, switching to trumpet in her early teens.[1] During High School and college she appeared at numerous jazz festivals with The 51st Eight.[2] She also led the all-female Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band.[2] In 2006, she graduated from Capilano University in Vancouver with a degree in jazz trumpet. She studied with Warren Vaché.


Skonberg was the leader of Bria's Hot Five and The Big Bang Jazz Band. She also performed with Canadian jazz veteran Dal Richards and his Orchestra in concert and on recordings.[3]

Skonberg has appeared as a band leader and guest artist at jazz festivals in North America, Europe, China and Japan. She moved to New York City in 2010.[1] She was a co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Festival.[4]

Skonberg has performed with Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, and Wycliffe Gordon.

In 2017 Skonberg won the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, for her crowd-funded album Bria.[5][6]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Jazz Award of Merit, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2006
  • Kobe Jazz Street Award, Breda Jazz Festival, 2007
  • Outstanding Jazz Artist, New York Bistro Award
  • Nomination, Artist of the Year, Jazz Journalists Association, 2013[3]
  • Swing! Award, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2015[1]
  • Winner, Juno Award Jazz Vocal Album, 2017[6]


  • Fresh (2009)
  • So Is the Day (Random Act, 2012)
  • Into Your Own (Random Act, 2014)
  • Bria (Sony Masterworks, 2016)
  • With a Twist (Sony, 2017)


  1. ^ a b c Malhotra, Anita (16 June 2015). "Interview With Bria Skonberg". Artsmania. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b The Education of Bria Skonberg
  3. ^ a b Bernstein, Adam (11 April 2013). "Bria Skonberg: A young jazz star on the rise". The Washington Post. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  4. ^ Lyon, Christine (25 June 2015). "Bria Skonberg brings her music home". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  5. ^ Saxberg, Lynn; Hum, Peter (1 April 2017). "Gord Downie wins three Junos at music awards gala". The London Free Press. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b "VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR". JUNO Awards. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

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