SFJAZZ presents “an adept lyrical interpreter, tremendous tonal command” (JazzTimes), vocalist Veronica Swift. The buzz-worthy young vocalist set the jazz world on fire after her second-place finish at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. She made her recording debut at age 9 with saxophonist Richie Cole, and has shared stages with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chris Botti, Jon Hendricks, Paquito D’Rivera, Esperanza Spalding, and Joe Lovano. She returns with music from her new Mack Avenue session, Veronica Swift.
Veronica Swift vocals
Gary Joseph Potter Jr. guitar
Adam Kipple keys
Eric England bass
Shane Gaalaas drums
James Sarno trumpet
Troy Roberts tenor saxophone
Adam Theis trombone
Jonathan Seiberlich tuba
"I Am What I Am" by Jerry Herman
"Born In A Trunk" by Roger Edens & Leonard Gershe
"The Show Must Go On" by Brian May, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, & Ruggero Leoncavallo
"A Little Taste" by Dave Frishberg & Johnny Hodges
"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" by Frederic Chopin, Harry Carroll, & Joseph McCarthy
"White Rabbit" by Grace Slick
"Ain't That Peculiar" by Marvin Tarplin, Robert Rogers, Smokey Robinson, & Warren Moore
"Room With A View" by Veronica Swift
"Living In A Coma" by Veronica Swift
"Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
"In The Moonlight" by Veronica Swift
"Do Nothin 'Til You Hear From Me" by Duke Ellington & Sidney Russell
"Closer" by Trent Reznor
"Keep Yourself Alive" by Brian May
ABOUT VERONICA SWIFT
The buzz-worthy young vocalist set the jazz world on fire after her second-place finish at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, in which she wowed judges Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau and Patti Austin. She returns with music from her new eponymous Mack Avenue session, Veronica Swift.
A native of Charlottesville, North Carolina, the prodigious Swift made her recording debut at age 9 with saxophonist Richie Cole and has followed her muse ever since, making her debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center at age 11 and indulging her taste for 20s and 30s swing with the legendary Nighthawks band led by historian and musician Vince Giordano.
The daughter of renowned pianist Hod O’Brien and singer Stephanie Nakasian, Swift has toured with fellow 2023-23 Season performers Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and has shared the stage with Chris Botti, Michael Feinstein, Jon Hendricks, Paquito D’Rivera, Esperanza Spalding, and Joe Lovano.
Her 2019 Mack Avenue debut Confessions and 2021 follow-up This Bitter Earth were assured statements by a mature artist, paving the way for Veronica Swift — her most audacious offering yet. Featuring the drumming and co-production of Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls fame, the album blends Swift’s roots in acoustic jazz with French and Italian opera, European classical music, bossa nova, blues, industrial rock, funk, and vaudeville in a stylistic approach she calls “transgenre.”