A master class on space and dynamics… an adept lyrical interpreter…tremendous tonal command.
Not all jazz vocalists find the intersection of verve and vulnerability, where playful, toe-tapping
snap meets heart-melting, four-alarm torch songs. At age 23, Veronica Swift has already
arrived there, encompassing the blues, bebop, Broadway, scat, swing, and the Songbook. Since
her second-place finish at 2015’s Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, Swift has performed
alongside Michael Feinstein, Chris Botti, Esperanza Spalding, and Danilo Pérez. The daughter
of pianist Hod O’Brien and vocalist Stephanie Nakasian, she grew up gigging and now holds
court with her own Birdland residencies. “Swift” is her father’s biological last name, but it’s
doubly defined as the speed at which she’s becoming the next face of jazz vocals.
6:30PM / 1869 Tap Room
Join Don Seybold, host of WBAA’s Inside Jazz, for a discussion about the evening’s performance.