New Music: Bria Skonberg “With A Twist”

The euphoric buzz of New York, over cocktails on the edge of evening, alive with possibilities… anything goes.

Vocalist, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg re-imagines it all on her new album, With a Twist. Coming off a recent Juno Award (Canada’s version of The Grammys) for her first collection, Bria, Skonberg spins her cool and confident vocal style—and her sleek and timeless jazz chops—into a program that playfully nods to tradition while always looking ahead.

With a Twist is available May 19, 2017.

Of the mood she was going after on With a Twist Skonberg says: “The inspiration was love and adventure, and the many twists and turns and tunnels you can get into. It’s a little about my time in New York, a little bit of cocktail culture. The musical inspiration was a modern-day Esquivel, Perez Prado, maybe some Spike Jones. It’s just important to me to put some love and positivity out into the world right now.”

I think this sounds great – boppy, bouncy, fresh and fun.

Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation,” Bria Skonberg was recognized last summer as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat magazine and Vanity Fair cited her as a Millennial “Shaking Up the Jazz World.”

My Favorite Thing Today: “What Is Jazz?” With Ella Fitzgerald & Mel Torme

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What is #jazz? #EllaFitzgerald and #MelTorme explain it in this #EllaMeetsMel #tbt clip of the 1976 #GrammyAwards!Posted by Johnny Rodgers on Thursday, September 3, 2015

New Music: MRF “Trying”

Smooth Jazz and Billboard radio single “Trying” off of the iTunes chart-topping album Mob Music. MRF features his dreamteam Lisa Bello, Justin Waithe and Yasko Kubota.

Really quite wonderful. Great production all around, and the music is terrific.

Keyboardist Mike “MRF” Flanagan, the title artist, is quoted in the press materials:

“This is the most personal song (and favorite) I’ve ever written, so I wanted the video to be the same.

“It was also really important to me to give visibility to the bear community in a jazz/urban/mainstream song and in a light that captures the love and relationship side as well as the heartbreak/breakup side. I’ve never seen a video that depicts a breakup with bears in the narrative.

“My goal was to embody the beauty of the normal parts of a relationship; intimacy and day-to-day and what “trying” to grieve that feels like visually and musically.

“My mission is for this story to reach as many people as possible and hopefully open the eyes of many who have never seen or thought about this kind of narrative.”