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Penn State University – Schwab Auditorium

address  312 Old Main
 University Park, PA  16802
phone (814) 863-0255

Veronica Swift

Veronica Swift
With Emmet Cohen Trio
Before graduating with a degree in jazz vocal performance from the University of Miami, Veronica Swift had already taken second place (2015) in the influential Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. She also had previously recorded three albums (two by age 13), headlined the Telluride Jazz Festival, and performed in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center. Swift, who moved to New York City after college, sings most Saturday nights at the renowned Birdland jazz club. Her repertoire is built on the Great American Songbook, plus bebop and vocalese classics, but she is also passionate about music from the 1920s and 1930s. The vocalist’s parents, jazz singer and educator Stephanie Nakasian and the late jazz pianist Hod O’Brien, took her on tour when she was younger. She sang with her family at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., the Jazz Standard in New York City, The Great Waters Music Festival in New Hampshire, and other venues. She also has appeared on stage with Jon Hendricks, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Benny Green, and others. “It’s not often you hear one so young interpret the sounds of a seasoned jazz performer and make everything she touches her own,” writes a reviewer for Variety. “That’s Veronica Swift.” The vocalist is “an adept lyrical interpreter” who delivers “a master class on space and dynamics,” according to a JazzTimes writer. Artistic Viewpoints will not be offered before this performance.
Event Info: (814) 863-7368
Price: Adult $38; University Park Student $15 18 and Younger $28 Adult $38 University Park Student $15; 18 and Younger $28
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