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June 27 - July 3, 2022

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DISCOVER… Bria Skonberg (@briaskonberg)

Bria Skonberg is a trumpeter and vocalist based in New York City. Born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Skonberg became interested in jazz through her public school band program and a local festival in her hometown. Earning her degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance at Capilano University, Skonberg also spent much of her time performing and managing two bands. Upon graduation, Skonberg performed and worked with Dal Richards, and then with producer Paul Airey. In 2010, Skonberg moved to New York City and began studying with Warren Vache. 

Skonberg has played with many notable musicians including Jon Batiste, Wycliffe Gordon, and Stephane Wrembel. Skonberg has recorded on over 25 albums, and recently released her sixth studio album, "Nothing Never Happens", in 2019. A 3x Juno Award nominee, her debut LP "Bria", won the award for Best Vocal Jazz album in 2017.  When not performing, Skonberg serves as an educator. She has appeared often as a guest faculty member and clinician for student ensembles and masterclasses. She is a Co-Founder/Director of the NY Hot Jazz Camp, and has served as a faculty member at many other jazz camps. As bandleader, she has led large ensembles at venues like Lincoln Center, and was a featured member of Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour in 2019. Skonberg is also an active member of the Women in Jazz Organization and Jazz Educational Network.

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CELEBRATING #JAZZHISTORY… McCoy Tyner was a pianist and composer, often described as one of the most recognizable and influential pianists in jazz history.

Born in Philadelphia, Tyner was raised in a household that valued and encouraged musical education. He began studying piano at age 13, and it became a focal point in his life. He studied at West Philadelphia Music School and later at the Granoff School of Music. Into his teenage years, Tyner played professionally throughout Philadelphia. 

In 1960, Tyner joined The Jazztet, led by Benny Golson and Art Farmer. Six months later, he joined the quartet of John Coltrane that included Elvin Jones and Steve Davis. He joined the group's residency at the Jazz Gallery, and continued performing and recording with them, even composing the title track for Coltrane's 1964 album, "The Believer." Tyner played on acclaimed Coltrane albums, including "A Love Supreme" and "My Favorite Things." As Coltrane's sound became more atonal and free in 1965, Tyner left his group and mainly focused on his own work. Notably, he produced a series of post-bop albums, including "The Real McCoy" and "Extensions” that feature musicians including Ron Carter, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, and Wayne Shorter. Into the 1970s-80s, Tyner explored infusing African elements into his music, which is showcased on his album "Sahara." 

Tyner continued on to produce well-received albums in the 1990s, and consistently performed and recorded with several groups as a sideman. He was named a 2002 NEA Jazz Master, and was awarded five Grammy awards. In 2020, Tyner passed away at the age of 81. 

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DISCOVER… Joel Ross (@imjoelmross)

Joel Ross is a vibraphonist and composer based in New York City. Ross was born and raised in Chicago, in a family of 7. A twin, he and his brother started playing drums at age three, and by elementary school were regularly playing at church. They joined school band as soon as they could, at age 10, and since Ross was the younger twin, he was consigned to xylophone while his brother played drums. He made the switch to vibraphone upon joining the All City concert and jazz bands. 

Ross played with groups at the Jazz Institute of Chicago while attending Chicago High School for the Arts. There, due to the school's partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Ross had the opportunity to engage with musicians including Herbie Hancock and Gerald Clayton. Ross then went on to join the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, working closely with Stefon Harris, and ultimately transferred to The New School after finishing university in California. This was when he formed the Good Vibes ensemble, and when he began performing and recording with notable musicians including Marquis Hill, Melissa Aldana, Makaya McCraven, and many others. In 2017, Ross became one of the youngest artists to receive a coveted Residency Commission from The Jazz Gallery. To much anticipation, Ross released his Blue Note debut "KingMaker" in 2019, and in 2020, "Who Are You?"

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CELEBRATING #JAZZHISTORY… Charlie Haden was a bassist, composer, and educator, known for his lyrical playing and warm bass tone, as well as for his involvement in the founding of the free jazz movement.

Born and raised in Iowa, Haden was introduced to music at a young age by his musical parents, who played in a country band called The Haden Family. Haden began singing with his family band, and took up bass after being inspired by jazz musicians like Charlie Parker and Stan Kenton. In 1957, Haden moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a jazz musician. 

Haden first played and recorded with musicians including Paul Bley, Art Pepper, and Hampton Hawes. In 1959, he recorded his first album with the Ornette Coleman Quartet, the seminal "The Shape of Jazz To Come." This led to Haden joining Keith Jarrett's trio, as well as the collective Old and New Dreams, which focused on free improvisation and original compositions. In 1969, he founded his band, the Liberation Music Orchestra, which explored political music in the free jazz genre. Haden's goal was to use the LMO to amplify unheard voices of oppressed people, and to express solidarity with progressive political movements. In 1982, Haden established the Jazz Studies Program at California Institute of the Arts, teaching there for many years. At this time, Haden founded the band Quartet West, and continued to collaborate with musicians including Joe Henderson, Hank Jones, and Pat Metheny. 

In later years, Haden won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz CD for his album "Nocturne." In 2012, Haden was a recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award, and the year after, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Haden continued to perform, compose, and record music well into the 2010s, and passed away at age 76.

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DISCOVER… Sasha Berliner (@sashaberliner)

Sasha Berliner is a vibraphonist and composer from San Francisco. In 2016, Berliner moved to New York City to attend The New School in Jazz and Contemporary Music. During this time, Berliner was the first US recipient of the LetterOne “Rising Stars” Jazz Award. She also released her debut alternative jazz album, “Azalea”, which was nominated for JazzTimes 2019 Readers’ Poll’s “Best New Release."

Post-graduation, Berliner mainly works in New York City, and has headlined at festivals including the Newport Jazz Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival. Berliner has performed and recorded with notable musicians including Tyshawn Sorey, Christian McBride, and Quincy Davis. Berliner is a faculty member at the MalletLab percussion intensive, and has led master classes and clinics at universities like MSU Denver and Berklee College of Music. She has also been featured in numerous publications for both her musicianship and her activism. Berliner is working towards her newest record, "Onyx", which will be released in 2022. 

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CELEBRATING #JAZZHISTORY… Jim Hall was a jazz guitarist and composer born in Buffalo, New York.

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio after moving with his family, Hall began playing guitar at the age of 10, and as he grew older was largely influenced by guitarist Charlie Christian, as well as tenor saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He began playing professionally in his teenage years, and attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, majoring in composition. 

In 1956, Hall moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. At this time, Hall began playing with cool jazz ensembles, with musicians like Vicente Gomez and Jimmy Giuffre, and released his first solo album. In the late 1950s, Hall began exploring more interactive improvisation, and toured and recorded with artists including Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald, and Paul Desmond. Hall moved to New York City and continued to perform and record in a variety of genres, including bossa nova, third stream, and bebop, and playing hard bop sessions with Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, and Sonny Rollins. Hall continued to record albums as bandleader, notably collaborating with Ron Carter and Paul Desmond, and toured and released albums from the 1970s up until 2010.

In 1995, Hall was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music and in 2004, he was awarded an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship award. Hall was one of the first artists to join the fan-funded label ArtistShare, and released many albums under this label.  He continued to perform and record until the age of 81, and passed away at the age of 83.

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