About

A Gentleman of Jazz

Honoring timeless jazz balladeers

Born: Manhattan, NY

Reared: Salisbury, NC

Current Residence: Fairfax, Va

Military Experience: Navy Veteran (Boatswain Mate, Lead Vocalist)

Astrological Sign: Cancer

Hobbies: Singing, collecting big band and jazz albums, collecting Invicta watches, cooking, and traveling

Favorite Quote: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."  Dr. Martin Luther King. 

 

 

 

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Veronica Swift

One of the sparkling new voices on the jazz scene today, Swift has come to prominence in guest appearances with trumpeter Chris Botti, pianist Benny Green and fellow vocalist and Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein. This past December she also guested with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on their 14-city Big Band Holidays tour, bringing good cheer to audiences from Ann Arbor to Austin to Atlanta, concluding with a five-night residency at Rose Theater, Marsalis’ House of Swing in New York City. A powerful onstage presence and adept lyrical interpreter with tremendous tonal command and a dramatic penchant for space and dynamics, Swift’s mature delivery belies her young age. The 24-year-old singer, a second place winner in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition for 2015, has already traveled the country and performed in such faraway venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai and Marian’s Jazz Showroom in Bern, Switzerland. Born in a musical household (her parents are the renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer Stephanie Nakasian), Veronica recorded two CDs as a child—one at age 9 with Richie Cole and her father’s rhythm section and her mother (Veronica’s House of Jazz) and one at age 13 with saxophonist Harry Allen (It’s Great To Be Alive). Her 2015 album Lonely Woman garnered wide critical acclaim. “I’m really lucky because my dad was one of the last pianists from the bebop era, so he’s as authentic as it gets,” she told Birdland Jazz. “So growing up with that kind of music around me, it was a lot more natural for me to gravitate to. Now I’m not actively thinking about preserving it because it’s just a way of life for me.” Swift’s perfect pitch, tone and phrasing will be put to good use on her upcoming Mack Avenue Records debut.

Recognition

'I See Your Face Before Me' is a remarkably beautiful ballad. Vince's smooth tone coupled with this amazing song equals magic. If you love quality music, you will love this tune!”

Michelle Carter Williams, Vocalist

AWESOME!!! This is a lovely recording! The sound quality is clear and your voice is pushed forward perfectly. I love your bass/baritone voice. I truly enjoy your jumps between octaves up and down. It shows your vocal and dynamic control...The build up keeps me engaged and makes me want to lean back and immerse myself into the song. So classy!! Congratulations!!”

Geneva Renee, Vocalist

Great music! I just found out about you recently. Just in time for me to add your music to my collection. Thanks so much for making such amazing music. I'll spread the word and recommend your stuff out here!”

— Dan - Kettering, Ohio