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MJF65, Sept. 23-25, 2022

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Veronica Swift
  • Arena Artist
Jazz United States
  • Saturday, September 24 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Jimmy Lyons Stage

“She has a miraculous voice, musical ability, and technique, as well as an innate gift for entertaining a crowd.” –Wall Street Journal (March 16, 2021)

With a repertoire running the gamut from swing to bebop to the Great American Songbook, Veronica Swift is a young but fully fledged star on the international jazz scene. Boasting a clear and lilting tone and radiant stage presence, she is also a master of rigorous vocal techniques like vocalese and scat. In the Wall Street Journal’s words: “[Swift] might be the best scat singer since Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Tormé.”

Having first gained widespread attention in high-profile collaborations with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti, she has developed a devoted following among audiences. On stage, Veronica will be performing selections from her 2021 album, This Bitter Earth, along with additional jazz standards, rock classics, and more.

As Swift remarked recently, “This performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival is not only a comeback after a long hiatus of no gigs, but it is a rebirth…. The songs I’ve picked for this show encompass some of This Bitter Earth’s message, but also we have included new songs that mix classical with rock and roll and funk as well as jazz. I now know, my purpose as an artist is to break down these genre barriers and fully immerse the audience in what to me is just simply: music.”