About Veronica Swift
A sophisticated jazz vocalist, Veronica Swift has earned acclaim for her swinging, tradition-based sound. A performer since childhood, Swift gained wide attention after winning second place in the 2015 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition and issuing her album Lonely Woman.
Born in 1994, Swift grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia the daughter of noted jazz pianist Hod O'Brien and jazz singer and educator Stephanie Nakasian. Introduced to jazz at a young age, she developed quickly as a performer and was soon playing alongside her parents. At age nine, she made her recorded debut with Veronica's House of Jazz, which featured her parents and saxophonist Richie Cole. At age 11, she performed as part of the Women in Jazz series at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York City, and at age 13, she issued her sophomore album, It's Great to Be Alive, with saxophonist Harry Allen.
In 2015, Swift gained wider acclaim after finishing second place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. That same year, she released Lonely Woman, featuring her band with pianist Emmet Cohen. Showcase performances followed, including a 2016 concert at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, a guest spot with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and a headlining performance at the 2016 Telluride Jazz Festival. The following year, she held down a residency at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, and collaborated with saxophonist Jeff Rupert for the album Let's Sail Away. She has toured with pianist Benny Green, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and trumpeter Chris Botti, among others. In 2019, she made her Mack Avenue debut with Confessions. ~ Matt Collar