At age 23, Veronica Swift is already recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. She has recently hit her stride collaborating with pianist Benny Green, with whom she is working on her forthcoming album, Lonely Woman.
Swift won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in 2015, 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.”. In 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival and was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center, with the Tedd Firth Big Band, Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. Since moving to NYC, she has regularly appeared at Birdland Jazz Club. Swift has appeared on stage with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Bob Dorough, Kim Nazarian, Danilo Pérez, among others.
Daughter of renowned pianist Hod O’Brien and singer Stephanie Nakasian, the prodigious Swift made her recording debut at age 9 with saxophonist Richie Cole, recorded her second album with tenor player Harry Allen, made her debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 11, and indulged in her taste for 20s and 30s swing with the legendary Nighthawks band led by historian and musician Vince Giordano.
Veronica Swift vocals
Benny Green piano
David Wong bass
Kenny Washington drums