Swing dance with CENTURY BALLROOM ALL STARS featuring BRIA SKONBERG and CASEY MACGILL
Bria Skonberg has been performing on stage for over 20 years. She has made appearances as a bandleader and guest artist all over North America, Europe, and Asia. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the CBC Jazz Award of Merit (2006), and the coveted Kobe Jazz Street Friendship Award, presented at the Breda Jazz Festival in 2007. Early in 2008 she was a guest on Riverwalk Jazz with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, representing the next generation of jazz . She is often a featured performer with Canadian icon Dal Richards and his Orchestra.
Bria currently resides in Vancouver where she graduated with a Degree in Jazz Performance from Capilano College in 2006. She co-leads and manages three jazz bands based in the Pacific Northwest: The Big Bang Jazz Band aka The 51st Eight, The Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band and Bria's Hot Five. She is also a member of The Hoppin' Mad Orchestra, the Yukon based quintet New Orleans North, and is featured often with the Solomon Douglas Swingtet.
For the last five years she has been active as an advocate for upcoming musicians, working as a teacher and counselor at the Heebie Jeebies Youth Jazz Camp, Mammoth Lakes Youth Jazz Camp and the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Youth Jazz Camp in the summer. She has begun programming, narrating and performing educational elementary school shows, and has given clinics at Sacramento State University and the University of Colorado pertaining to improvising and her experiences.
From California, Casey MacGill is a classic Hollywood character in appearance and style. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for almost 30 years, in a career that stretches from Los Angeles (Mood Indigo, feature films "Frances" and "Swing Shift") to Spokane, WA (The Spirits of Rhythm and the neo-swing classic CD "Jump") to Broadway (The musical "Swing") and finally to Seattle. "I've played a lot of music with a lot of people," he says "and one thing I've learned is to tailor my arrangements to the individual musicians. Its gives each musical situation a unique sound." He steers the band from his piano bench, alternately cruising along and sweating feverishly, switching intuitively between the ukulele and the piano and the cornet, singing and scatting, sometimes all within the same song.
915 E. Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
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