“I’m a trumpalist! I play vocalet!” says Bria Skonberg in a recent article in the September issue of JazzTimes magazine, where she is also featured on the cover. The award-winning trumpeter, vocalist and songwriter who graduated from Capilano University’s Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies program in 2009 is quickly making a name for herself in the jazz world. Born and raised in Chilliwack, B.C., at age 26 she packed her bags and moved to New York to establish her career. And establish it, she did. Now a successful jazz artist, she tours the world headlining major clubs and festivals and has released three solo albums, Fresh, So Is the Day and Into Her Own. She’s also the co-producer of the New York Hot Jazz Festival, an annual day-long jazz festival celebrating early jazz up to the beginning of the big band era as well as gypsy swing. Best known for her classic jazz sound rooted in New Orleans jazz and blues, she infuses her music with influences like soul, rock and world percussion, even experimenting with electronic effects.

JazzTimes isn’t the only one to sit up and take notice of Bria. In 2013, she earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year and was included in in DOWNBEAT magazine’s Rising Star Critics’ Poll. To quote The Wall Street Journal: Bria Skonberg is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.”

Likewise, her Capilano U jazz instructor, Dennis Esson, has lots of great things to say about Bria. “She was a very dynamic performer as well as an outstanding and talented musician. She worked very hard while she attended Capilano, fully immersed herself in the Jazz Studies program and was a wonderful student to have at the school.”

Bria Skonberg is just one of the many talented Cap Jazz Studies alumni making their mark in the jazz world. Some others include Evan Arntzen, Neelamjit Dhillon, Dan Hersog, Lyle Hopkins and more. We are so proud of all of you!

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