Veronica Swift and the Shelly Berg TrioJazz in the Key of Swing

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
7:45pm

Veronica Swift - At age 24, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the jazz scene. In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition.  In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne.   Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. 

In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there – but her first as a headliner.  In 2018, Veronica began touring with her trio (Emmet Cohen Trio) and with the Benny Green Trio, Wynton Marsalis/Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and with Chris Botti. www.veronicaswift.com

Shelly Berg
The late Dave Brubeck raved, “Shelly Berg is a great jazz pianist who has a total command of his instrument”.

The All Music Guide says “Shelly Berg is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz.”

Shelly Berg is a Steinway piano artist and five-time Grammy-nominated arranger, orchestrator, and producer. His album projects The Deep (Chesky), The Nearness of You (Arbors), Blackbird (Concord) and The Will (CARS) are critically acclaimed. Berg earned three Grammy nominations in the Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) category with jazz singer-lyricist Lorraine Feather and international superstar Gloria Estefan, and a fourth Grammy nomination as co-producer of Gloria Estefan: The Standards (Sony). He earned his fifth Grammy nomination as co-arranger of “I Loves You Porgy / There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon for New York” from the album Rendezvous (2018) featuring jazz singers Clint Holmes and Dee Dee Bridgewater with The Count Basie Orchestra. Recent projects include recording and/or performing with Tony Bennett, Seal, Lizz Wright, Andra Day, Clint Holmes, Renée Fleming, and Arturo Sandoval.

Shelly Berg is Dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and was previously the McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.  He is also the host of a monthly radio show Generation Next on Sirius XM, music director of The Jazz Cruise, and artistic advisor for the Jazz Roots series at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.  www.shellyberg.com

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