November 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm
June Swaner Gates Concert Hall
Daughter of jazz artists: pianist Hod O’Brien and singer Stephanie Nakasian, Veronica Swift’s raw talent has secured her place as one of the most irresistibly gifted jazz vocalists of her generation. Swift won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in 2015, toured with Wynton Marsalis, and held a Saturday performance slot at the legendary NY Birdland Jazz Club in 2017.
As Swift remarked recently, “This show at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts is not only a comeback after a yearlong hiatus of no gigs, but it is a rebirth. The songs I’ve picked for this show encompass some of This Bitter Earth’s message, but also we have included new songs that mix classical with rock and roll and funk as well as jazz. I now know that my purpose as an artist is to break down these barriers and fully immerse the audience in what to me is just simply music.”
With a repertoire running the gamut from swing to bebop to the Great American Songbook, Veronica Swift is a young but fully-fledged star on the international jazz scene. Her latest recording This Bitter Earth was released in March of 2021, quickly reaching #1 on the JazzWeek album chart. Boasting a clear and lilting tone and radiant stage presence, she is also a master of rigorous vocal techniques like vocalese and scat. In the Wall Street Journal’s words: “[Swift] might be the best scat singer since Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Tormé.” Having first gained widespread attention in high-profile collaborations with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti, she has developed a devoted following among audiences.
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