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Trumpet Star Bria Skonberg Headlines 12th Annual Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society Fundraiser

May 24, 2017 Comments off

Bria Skonberg_PR1_C.Palmgren2017 Juno Winner and trumpet/vocal star Bria Skonberg will be the featured performer at “Jazz Affair,” the Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society’s annual fundraiser for local student music programs, this Friday, May 26th, at the Coast Bastion Hotel.

The Chilliwack, BC, native has made a name for herself in New York and recently won the 2017 Juno for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for her self-titled Sony Music release Bria. In its citation the Juno Awards said, “Elite jazz chops, artfully mixed with worldly rhythms and contemporary songwriting, result in a sophisticated pop sound closely resembling that of Michael Bublé, Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr.”

Skonberg has received accolades from The Wall Street Journal, Downbeat, Vanity Affair and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Wall Street Journal  described her as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.”

The evening includes a dinner, concert performances, silent auction, and raffles. Tickets are $60 per person and are available through the Port Theatre box office at 125 Front Street, Nanaimo. 250-754-8550. Doors open at 6 pm.

If you haven’t heard Skonberg before, with her sophisticated vocals and elegant trumpet lines, she’s definitely worth a listen.


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Celebrated Pianist Larry Fuller Plays Victoria and Salt Spring

May 17, 2017 Comments off

Larry Fuller May 19 17NYC Pianist Larry Fuller, who has worked with everyone from Ray Brown to John Legend, plays three shows this week in Victoria and on Salt Spring Island. He appears with drummer Kelby MacNayr and bassist John Lee in MacNayr’s Art of the Trio Series on Friday, May 19th at Hermann’s (8pm) and on Saturday, May 20th (7:30pm) at Salt Spring United Church.

On Sunday , May 21st (7pm) he returns to Hermann’s as part of a quintet that includes Chris Davis on trumpet and Ryan Oliver on sax. The trio shows celebrate the legacy of Ray Brown and Oscar Peterson, while the quintet show will explore the work of Cannonball Adderley, Duke Ellington and Ray Brown.

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