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Monday April 08, 2019

From The Calgary Herald

Canadian Bria Skonberg among young musicians taking Monterey Jazz Festival on the road
By: Eric Volmers

Once called ‘one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation’ by the Wall Street Journal and listed as one of ’25 for the Future’ by Downbeat Magazine, Skonberg is among the six young players taking the iconic Monterey brand through 16 states in the U.S. and, for its only Canadian stop, to Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall on April 11.

The band first played together in September at the iconic Monterey Festival, blending what is often some wildly different strains of jazz, instrumental prowess and the talents of three distinct singers. As the six continue to tour, the sound continues to evolve, Skonberg says. The festival is one of the world’s premier jazz events that got an auspicious start back in 1958 with a lineup that included Dave Brubeck, Billie Holiday, Max Roach and Louis Armstrong jamming with Dizzie Gillespie.

‘It’s funny doing the interview now as opposed to two weeks ago because we’ve been playing nightly for almost two weeks,’ Skonberg says. ‘It’s morphed into something. I think the group really has it’s own sound. You hear a little bit of New Orleans’ jazz, you hear some straight-ahead, you hear a lot of burning New York stuff and you get some soul and you get some modern ‘” I don’t really like the term avant-garde ‘” but free in a lot of ways. It’s really interesting.’

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