Lakeshore Music presents Veronica Swift Quartet with Benny Green

Veronica Swift for April 2019Veronica Swift, at 23, is perhaps the hottest young jazz singer in the country.

Swift was no stranger to the big-time well before her 15th birthday. She headlined Telluride Jazz Festival in 2016, her 10th appearance. Her first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at 11, when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.  Swift recorded two CDs as a child, one at age 9 with Richie Cole and her mother and her father’s rhythm section, and one at age 13 with saxophonist Harry Allen.

In 2015, she took second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition.  A year later, she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne.  

Her 2015 Album “Lonely Woman” features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene, including Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, Daryl, Matt Wigler and Scott Lowrie.

She performed every Saturday night at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York, a gig she continues to maintain when she is not on the road.

Swift has toured with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator-author Stephanie Nakasian. 

The legendary Benny Green has played alongside the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it’s no wonder he has been hailed as the most exciting, hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

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