“a jazz lioness with a pure tone… and sure swing style.” — JazzTimes
Veronica Swift has been recording since 2019. Her second release, 2021’s This Bitter Earth, earned her a five-star review in Downbeat magazine, including the front cover of their November 2021 issue. It also garnered her the Jazz Times December 2021 cover and the L’academie du Jazz Best Vocal Album award in 2021.
Having made her mark on the international jazz scene as one of the star vocalists of her era, Veronica Swift has now expanded her style, establishing herself as a skilled rock and soul singer as well as a dynamic performer. Her third album, TransGenre (2023), will venture into mixing jazz and classical with rock, soul, and funk, paying homage to greats like Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Duke Ellington. Veronica’s ability to transcend different styles, and fully embody them with authenticity to tell a story makes her one of the most skillful singers in any genre and displays her theatrical approach as a performer and artist.
Raised in Charlottesville, VA, and having grown up on the road with her parents (jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and vocalist Stephanie Nakasian), Veronica began her performing and recording career at age nine. As a child, she headlined Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club and appeared at major US festivals such as the Telluride Jazz Fest. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Placing second in the 2015 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition put Veronica on the map, contributing to her landing a weekly residency at the historic jazz venue Birdland. It was there she captured the attention of jazz icons Chris Botti and Wynton Marsalis, who featured her on their tours throughout the following years as Veronica also toured extensively with her own band.
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