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Bria Skonberg is a catalyst for all things jazz. Hailing from West Coast Canada and now living in New York City, award winning trumpeter/vocalist/ composer BRIA SKONBERG is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."- Wall Street Journal.
Since moving to New York in in 2010 she has earned a Jazz Journalists' Association nomination for "Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year" and has been included twice in DOWNBEAT Magazine's Rising Star Critics' Poll. She has recently been honored with a New York Bistro Award for "Outstanding Jazz Artist" and swept the 2014 Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards in all categories nominated: Best Jazz Artist, Best Trumpet, Best Female Vocalist and Best Group for the Bria Skonberg Quartet. Since moving to New York she has headlined at major event spaces such as Symphony Space, Dizzy's Coca Cola, the Iridium, Birdland and Cafe Carlyle. She has been featured on jazz luminary Wycliffe Gordon's projects and studied with Warren Vache. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and instigative nature, she is now creating an adventurous style rooted in New Orleans jazz and blues featuring mostly her original compositions. Her debut US release SO IS THE DAY (Random Act Records) peaked at #7 on the US National jazz charts; the 2014 follow up release INTO YOUR OWN features percussionist Mino Cinelu (Miles Davis, Weather Report). She has volunteered at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, is Co-Founder of the New York Hot Jazz Festival and a founding Director of the New York Hot Jazz Camp set to launch in 2016.
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Clarinetist, Evan Christopher combines virtuosity, immaculate taste, and enthusiasm with a deep commitment to exploring the full range of possibilities around the New Orleans clarinet tradition. Anchored in the musical vocabulary created by early Creole musicians such as Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, and Barney Bigard, he has created a highly personal brand of "contemporary early-jazz" that strives to expand the legacy of this unique style.
Christopher's journey on Clarinet Road began in 1994 when he left his native California for New Orleans to be a part of the country's most important and historic music community. He worked with musicians as stylistically diverse as Al Hirt and veterans of Preservation Hall to funk and brass bands including the Nightcrawlers and Galactic, before leaving to join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, Texas in 1996. For nearly three years, he appeared nightly as their featured clarinetist and recorded several of their syndicated radio programs, Riverwalk: Live from the Landing.
Christopher returned to New Orleans to be an ambassador for the New Orleans clarinet style. Besides his own "Clarinet Road" series of CDs (STR Digital), he has recorded alongside New Orleans artists including Big Al Carson, Duke Heitger, Narvin Kimball, Uncle Lionel Battiste, and Tom McDermott. After the the Federal levees failed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005, he traveled continuously and even based himself briefly in Paris at the invitation of the French government. During this artist-residency, he formed his current groups, the JazzTraditions PROJECT and Django à la Créole. The latter, fusing Gypsy Swing with New Orleans grooves and rhythms of "le monde Créole," released their debut CD, "Django à la Créole" in 2008 and a second outing, "Finesse," in 2010 (Fremeaux & Associés). As a composer, his original songs are the high point of critically acclaimed CDs such as "Delta Bound" featuring pianist Dick Hyman (Arbors, 2007), "The Remembering Song" featuring guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli (Arbors, 2010), and the Grammy-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra's "Book One." In July 2010, he had the honor to debut his "Treat It Gentle Suite," the first concerto written for clarinet and jazz band in the New Orleans style, with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Mr. Christopher began his musical training on clarinet at age 11. In high school, he received the Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award and was one of the first graduates of the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy. He continued studies at the University of Southern California and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach. Published research and presentations on the New Orleans clarinet style initiated pursuit of a Masters degree in Musicology at Tulane University. Having returned to New Orleans in 2008, Christopher is an advocate for the cultural workforce and jazz-based music education. He even taught part-time at the University of New Orleans where he coached a "New Orleans Music Ensemble" that performed with guest mentors such as Lucien Barbarin and Marcus Roberts. When not touring, he appears as as a guest with groups such as the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and is a charter member of jazz composer guild, NOLA ArtHouse Music.
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The Hot Toddies, an all-girl band from Oakland, CA mix sunny beach pop, indie rock riffs and a dry sense of humor. Heidi, Erin and Sylvia are best friends who have been playing music, drinking whiskey and writing songs together since 2005. They've toured across the US, Canada and the UK in support of their 2 albums "Smell the Mitten" and "Get Your Heart On" out on Asian Man Records. Their latest EP "Bottoms Up" was released on Tricycle Records in Feb 2013.
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A legend of the Portland jazz scene, Rebecca Kilgore is one of America's leading song stylists and is passionate about preserving the vocal jazz of the 30s and 40s, an era which she feels remains unsurpassed in its high quality songwriting and heartfelt lyrics. Her mission is to learn every song from that era, and to swing in the process. With 32 recordings bearing her name, she is well on her way. Her singing has been enriched through her many associations with jazz greats, especially composer/pianist Dave Frishberg with whom she recorded several CDs in the 1990s. In addition, she has sung at Carnegie Hall at the invitation of Michael Feinstein. She has become a regular at jazz parties, jazz festivals and jazz cruises throughout the U.S. and Europe. Rebecca has been a frequent guest on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, as well as Jim Cullum's live radio show Riverwalk: Live At The Landing, and a guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. "Rebecca Kilgore has gradually refined her vocal gifts and stands now, I believe, as a leading interpreter of America's classic popular songs. Her easy, musicianly way of bringing forth each tune's best qualities is very special, carefully nurtured artistry." - Dick Hadlock, author of Jazz Masters of the Twenties and host of The Annals of Jazz, on KCSM-FM San Mateo, California. "Becky sings with a beautiful clear sound, a great sense of time and swing, and a heartfelt unpretentiousness." - Dave Frishberg "If Benny Goodman were alive today, he'd hire Becky to sing in his band." - Bucky Pizzarelli "Went to hear Becky Kilgore at the Plush Room yesterday and it was wonderful. What was wonderful was the repertoire, I loved every song choice. How often does that happen, I loved the creamy vocal tone, the swinging phrasing, the perfect intonation, the fabulous accompaniment from Randy Porter (Piano) and my pal John Wiitala on bass. The nit pickers might say that there could be more raw emotion...but I tell ya I'll take the above over that anytime because it's so damned rare to find it all in one singer these days. So musical!" - Mike Greensill Critics have called her " ... one of the finest singers on the contemporary jazz scene.".
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There's a reason that musical trailblazers from Galactic to DJ Logic have recently chosen to collaborate with High and Mighty Brass Band! and legends such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, and Trombone Shorty have chosen them to share the stage. Co-mingling band members from New Orleans, NYC, and a host of other cities across the globe, this dynamic krewe has the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences.
Their live performances are both fiercely entertaining and refreshingly inspiring, connecting the band with each and every audience member. Just catching a single performance will make it abundantly clear why HMBB! is known as "a party in progress!"