Performance Santa Fe’s executive director Jonathan Winkle first listened to 24-year-old jazz singer Veronica Swift last January when he was visiting New York. “Quite frankly, she blew me away,” says Winkle, who spends a great deal of time researching and identifying emerging talent. “I rarely have that kind of immediate visceral response to an artist. So, I booked her.”
Swift is Performance Santa Fe’s guest artist on November 9 for an evening of jazz tunes that includes bebop, swing and selections from the Great American Songbook.
“Veronica Swift is an extraordinary jazz vocalist,” Winkle continues. “Her maturity on stage and her stylistic sensibilities immediately set her apart from other talented, young singers. In addition, her vocal control, scat singing and interplay with her side men function at an extraordinarily high level.”
Swift, who first performed at the Telluride Jazz Festival at the age of 10 with Dave Adams’s Young Razzcals Jazz Project and saxophonist Richie Cole, already has garnished numerous awards for her work.
In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. A year later she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and to headline at the Telluride Jazz Festival.
Swift lives in New York and performs at the Birdland Jazz Club when she’s not on the road. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in 2016.
To date, Swift has recorded four albums, including “Lonely Woman,” which was released in 2015 and features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, Daryl Johns, Matt Wigler and Scott Lowrie, and “Let’s Sail Away” a 2017 release with saxophonist Jeff Rupert.