"A master class on space and dynamics... an adept lyrical interpreter... tremendous tonal command"
At age 24, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.
In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016 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. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there – but her first as a headliner. She first appeared there at age 10 with Dave Adams’ Young Razzcals Jazz Project and the great saxophonist Richie Cole and later she sang a duet with the featured artist, Paquito d’Rivera. Then in April, 2017 she started her residency a the infamous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. On into 2018, Veronica began touring with her trio (Emmet Cohen Trio) as well as Benny Green Trio, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Chris Botti appearing at Jazz Showcase, Monterey and Montreal Jazz festivals, two runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center: Shanghai, China, and Marians' Jazz Showroom in Bern, Switzerland.
Veronica grew up on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian. It was with them where she first appeared at The Jazz Standard, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Veronica recorded two CDs as a child – one at age 9 with Richie Cole and her father’s rhythm section and her mother, and one at age 13 with saxophonist Harry Allen.
Her 2015 Album “Lonely Woman” features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, Daryl Johns (with whom she shared the Grammy Choir/Band experience), Matt Wigler, and Scott Lowrie.
In addition to performing the Great American Songbook and Bebop and Vocalese classics, Veronica is also a passionate devotee of 20s and 30s music and has sung with Vince Giordano, Terry Waldo, and Drew Nugent.
Veronica will be releasing her next album on Mack Avenue Records in early 2019, which will feature the great pianist Benny Green and his trio as well the Emmet Cohen Trio.
ODU Residency Schedule:
Thursday, April 16
- 1:00 p.m. Informal participation in Jazz History class
- 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
Saturday, April 18
- 1:00 p.m. Concert, ODU Jazz Orchestra and 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