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Rising jazz star to perform in Columbia


Courtesy photo Bria Skonberg will sing and play the trumpet at Saturday’s show.

New York-based recording artist and rising jazz star Bria Skonberg returns to Columbia College for a show Saturday night at the Dogwood Theater.

Skonberg played a well-received concert during last year’s Columbia College Jazz Series.

“It was really fun,” she said Tuesday during a phone interview.

For Saturday’s show, Skonberg plans to perform songs from her upcoming album, “Bria,” set for release Sept. 23 on Sony Music Masterworks. That album was crowd-funded before being picked up by a record label.

Skonberg, who grew up in rural British Columbia, has developed a loyal fanbase — including those in the Mother Lode.

Skonberg impressed local audiences last year with her singing and jazzy trumpet mastery, said jazz series director Rod Harris.

“Bria was exceptional beyond all expectations and her quartet was no less than stunning,” he said.

Harris added that drummer Beth Goodfellow, of Los Angeles, “is one of the finest drummers we’ve ever presented in the jazz series, which says a lot because we’ve had so many great ones.”

Joining Skonberg and Goodfellow will be San Francisco recording artists Adam Shulman on piano and John Wiitalaon upright bass.

The quartet will be featured soloists with the 20-piece Columbia Kicks Big Band and will perform several of their own standards and originals. Some of the featured selections will include “Bye, Bye, Blackbird,” “All the Things You Are,” “St. Louis Blues,” Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia,” and the Harry James version of “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.” The college vocal jazz sextet will also join the quartet for a few selections.

Advance tickets are available at Mountain Bookshop in East Sonora. Tickets can also be purchased from the college bookstore until noon Friday at (209) 588-5211. Remaining seats will be available when the doors open at 7 p.m.

Following Saturday’s show, Skonberg — co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp — will head to Pollock Pines for the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camp.

• What: Bria Skonberg Quartet.

• When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

• Where: Dogwood Theater, Columbia College.

• Tickets: $20.

Information: harrisr@yosemite.edu