Winner of Best New Artist and Best Vocal Album in the JazzTimes 2019 Readers’ Poll!
"A master class on space and dynamics... an adept lyrical interpreter... tremendous tonal command"
At age 25, Veronica Swift has become one of the world's most sought-after jazz talents. Having grown up on the road with her parents, jazz pianist Hod O'Brien and jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian, she was exposed to some of the greatest musicians of the time; Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Bob Dorough, Paquito d'Rivera, and Marilyn Maye.
At age nine, Swift recorded her first album "Veronica's House of Jazz," and began professionally touring with her parents as well as singing and playing trumpet in the youth jazz group "The Young Razzcals Jazz Project." It was with the Young Razzcals she had her first opportunity to perform on festival stages like the Telluride Jazz Festival and would for the next ten years. At age 11, after recording her second album "It's Great to be Alive," she headlined her first show at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Swift continued touring throughout her years in College, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Miami in 2016.
Just before graduating, and the passing of her father, Swift was awarded second place at the Thelonious Monk 2015 Jazz Vocal Competition landing her a showcase at the esteemed Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. She then moved to New York in 2017 to continue pursuing her growing career. Maintaining a weekly residency at Birdland, Veronica toured internationally and joined the lineup on the show of Trumpeter Chris Botti.
The past few years, she has toured and performed on numerous occasions with Michael Feinstein, Benny Green, Wynton Marsalis, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, appearing at legendary festivals (Montreal, Monterey, Umbria, Detroit, Marciac, ...) and jazz clubs (Birdland, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz Showcase, Jazz Standard, SF Jazz, JALC Shanghai, Blue Note, ...).
In 2018, Veronica signed a deal with Mack Avenue Recordings and released her 2019 album "Confessions" with them. In addition to singing bebop and Great American Songbook classics, Veronica is also a passionate devotee of the 20's and 30's repertoire and opera as well as rock and roll and metal. Swift also writes and acts in her films she makes with Darkstone Entertainment.
In 2020, Swift will release her next album on Mack Avenue with her regular touring trio: The Emmet Cohen Trio.
ODU Residency Schedule:
Thursday, April 16
- 3:00 p.m. Clinic, Diehn 1201
- 4:30 p.m. Open rehearsal with ODU Jazz Orchestra. Diehn 1105
Friday, April 17
- 10:00 a.m. Clinic, Diehn 1201
- 1:00 p.m. Open rehearsal with ODU Jazz Choir, Chandler Hall
Sunday, April 19
- 4:00 p.m. Concert, ODU Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Choir, Chandler Hall
Monday, April 20
- 1:00 p.m. Clinic, Diehn 1201
- 7:30 p.m. Concert with John Toomey Trio, Chandler Hall (Diehn Series)
Free parking is available in Garage E, 49th
Street and Bluestone Avenue, and in the circular lot between the F.
Ludwig Diehn Center for the Performing Arts
and Webb University Center.
Photo by Bill Westmoreland