The Sidney Bechet Society presents another great season of traditional, hot jazz from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. The opening concert features a great lineup of jazz musicians both young and seasoned. Leading the band and making her New York City debut as leader will be the brilliant young hot trumpeter and singer Bria Skonberg. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, the 27 year old has been playing and performing for well over 20 years. She has received numerous awards including CBC Jazz Award of Merit, and the coveted Kobe Jazz Street Friendship Award, presented at the Breda Jazz Festival. In 2008, she was the featured artist on Jim Cullem's nationally broadcast Riverwalk Jazz. Joining Bria will be:
Guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, who began his professional career in 1943. The list of big bands and vocalists with whom Bucky has performed and recorded reads like a veritable Who's Who of Jazz, including Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli, Zoot Sims, Bud Freeman and many, many more.
Bassists Jerry Bruno performed with Frank Sinatra for many years including concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall and toured and performed with greats such as Liza Minelli, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Prima.
Scott Robinson: Dubbed jazz futurist and mad scientist by columnist Will Friedwald. There's no one else doing anything close to what Mr. Robinson is doing: playing every style that exists in the jazz world (and classical, pop and world music besides), on almost every horn known to man (reeds, brass) and even some rhythm instruments. He has appeared on more than 150 professional recordings, two of these recordings won a Grammy Award. Scott has promised to bring some of his more unusual instruments.
Pete Sokolow: pianist, arranger, vocalist, clarinetist and saxophone player, has had a dual career in music for more than 50 years. In the field of klezmer music, he is the link between the old and young musical generations, having played and recorded with many of the great klezmer luminaries. Also widely known as a "stride" pianist in the Fats Waller style.
Jackie Williams: Long recognized as one of the truly great drummers, known for his steady beat and impeccable timing. He has worked with jazz greats such as Edmond Hall, Buddy Tate, Buck Clayton, Jay McShann, Earl Hines and Ellis Larkins, and has played nearly all the major international jazz festivals.
Jim Fryer: Best known as an exceptional jazz trombonist, this multi instrumentalist he has toured internationally; recorded as a bandleader and sideman; and played television, radio, theaters, jazz clubs, and concert halls in a variety of musical settings.
Clarinetist Evan Arntzen also hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has been establishing himself as a powerful young voice in the Canadian jazz scene, in demand as a soloist and performer in the realms of traditional jazz, modern/contemporary jazz, and improvised music.