This spring, the Richmond Jazz Society is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth with a series of performances by female jazz artists. The next concert in the series will feature Veronica Swift, who will be joined by pianist Weldon Hill, drummer Jae Sinnett and bassist Mike Hawkins Tuesday night May 9th at Capital Ale House in downtown Richmond.
A native of Charlottesville, Veronica grew up surrounded by music with two world renowned jazz artists for parents, Her father was the late pianist Hod O’Brien, and her mother is singer Stephanie Nakasian. Veronica was just a child when she started singing professionally. By the time she was 10 she appeared at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in Manhattan. Now 22, she has just graduated from the University of Miami and relocated to New York where she is rapidly making a name for herself. It didn't hurt her career when she won second place in the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition.
In this segment, you'll hear selections from Veronica’s most recent recording “Lonely Woman.” Veronica talks about her musical influences, shares her thoughts about Ella Fitzgerald and what it was like participating in the Monk Competition.
You can find information on Tuesday’s concert here.
Last November, jazz columnist Marc Myers wrote an obituary and retrospective of Hod O’Brien's career for his website JazzWax.com. You can find that article here.