*Billboard Top 5*Grammy Ballot* NY Jazz Camps* Dizzy's**

First things first - What are you going to be for Halloween? There's been more than enough scare in the air with this election season so I may stick to my superhero theme and fight evil forces into the night and November... In good news, the new album "Bria" many of you crowd funded has peaked on the Billboard Charts at #5 on both Top Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums, #8 on Contemporary Jazz as well as #8 on the Jazz Week Charts for 2 weeks in a row! Woohoo! I'm also excited to share I'm on the Grammy ballot for the first time with this disc, for consideration in the following 5 categories: Best New Artist Jazz Vocal Album Instrumental Composition "Down in the Deep" Engineered Album

JazzTimes VIDEO PREMIERE: Watch Bria Skonberg's new video for "Que Sera Sera" off her

Trumpeter and singer-songwriter Bria Skonberg recently released, on Sept. 23, her first album on OKeh Records, Bria, featuring jazz standards plus five original songs. Supported by some of New York’s top musicians, including saxophonist-clarinetist Evan Arntzen, drummer Ali Jackson, bassist Reginald Veal, vibraphonist Stefon Harris and pianist Aaron Diehl, Skonberg goes for “a sense of allure” on her new album, “music that is both curious and exotic, playing with tension and storytelling” and credits producer Matt Pierson with her quest “to fuse my love of classic jazz with worldly rhythm, percussion, contemporary songwriting and more,” according to a press release. Bria Skonb


HOORAY the time has finally come! The physical CDs are all stocked up in my apartment ready for mail outs and schlepping to various gigs. I know we live in the digital age now but it still gives me excited chills to see a box of new discs with the wrapping, bar codes and full booklets inside. The first CDs I ever bought were from Ace of Base and the single "If You Change Your Mind" from ABBA from an A&B Sound in Canada. Maybe I have a thing for Swedish pop groups? What was your first CD purchase? For all of you that contributed to my PledgeMusic Campaign, I couldn't have done it without you!! We'll be sending out discs and more this week. Thanks so much!! Hope to see you out there! -B

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