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Veronica Swift w/ Emmet Cohen Trio

  • SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

At age 25, Veronica Swift is already recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. She 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.

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
Emmet Cohen piano
Yasushi Nakamura bass
Bryan Carter drums

A master class on space and dynamics… an adept lyrical interpreter… tremendous tonal command.
— JazzTimes
Green is a young classicist... he plays funky and hard, and breathes not only bebop but Oscar Peterson’s virtuosic effusions as well.
— The New York Times
Earlier Event: September 6
Ahmad Jamal
Later Event: September 7
Benny Benack Quartet