Veronica Swift | SFJAZZ

Veronica Swift


Veronica Swift

Thursday, December 1, 7:00pm · 8:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

The Next Big Thing Series: Sing, Sing, Sing  

Veronica Swift

Buzz-worthy 22-year-old vocalist Veronica Swift has 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 with her evocative takes on “This Bitter Earth” from the Dinah Washington songbook and the classic standard “September in the Rain.” A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, the prodigious Swift made her recording debut at age 9 with saxophonist Richie Cole and has followed her muse ever since, recording her second album with tenor player Harry Allen, making her debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 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 shared stages with Michael Feinstein, Jon Hendricks, Paquito D’Rivera, Esperanza Spalding, and Joe Lovano, and will release her new album, Lonely Woman, this year. Don’t miss this young star on the rise, forging a path as jazz superstar in the making.

Artist Personnel

Veronica Swift vocals
Keith Saunders piano
John Wittala bass
Akira Tana drums

Artist Website

"A master class on space and dynamics… an adept lyrical interpreter… tremendous tonal command " — JazzTimes