When not on tour Veronica has a residency at Birdland NY. A Few Early Reviews:
When not on tour Veronica has a residency at Birdland NY. A Few Early Reviews: Refreshingly unconventional vocalist backed by a swingin' ensemble. Editors Pick This is a first rate ear opener where all anybody knows how to do is play it hot, even when laying back.
HIgh octane stuff that'll easily get you to shift your gears into high. The latter word applie to Swift, who not only sings superbly, but is a complete musician and can be heard on her wordless vocals, scat interludes and writing of vocaliseslyrics fora couple of tunes.
An impressive outing from all involved. The communication reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald dueling wqith Roy Eldridge or insert your horn player of choice. With its terrific variety and fabulous performances, this release is exquisite from beginning to end. Swift has a rich, confident and wide ranging voice, and teams it up like Jordan and Pippin with the Getz-sounding tenor of Jeff Rupert. Swift carries a hint of O'Day's clarity and timing and Vaughn's swooping drama on pieces like the playful "Pennies From Heaven.
Jeff Rupert toured for fifteen years with Sam Rivers; four albums ensued, and from he toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson. Jeff Rupert's six recordings as a leader all charted on Jazz Week. Rupert has produced four big band albums for the Flying Horse Big Band, which enjoyed 15 weeks on the jazz charts, all featuring original compositions and arrangements. He has performed on recordings; piano in the Woody Herman Orchestra for over 20 years, bass in trios of Kenny Drew Jr.
Richard has toured for 16 years as pianist with electric bassist Jeff Berlin, and regularly performs in eleven orchestras on seven instruments, and in diverse settings as a featured soloist with Cheap Trick, and Saigon Kick. Drexler is a faculty member at the University of Central Florida's acclaimed jazz studies program.
A highly inventive player, capable of both great subtlety and fiery dynamics. Vocalist Veronica Swift, age 23, is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the fall of , she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. They are hard to buy and if bought they either backslide into honesty or lose the respect of their peers.
And this is the loss that terrifies them. In any other field of American life, great reward can be used to cover the loss of honesty, but not with jazz players-a slip is known and recognized instantly.
And further, while there may be some jealousies, they do not compare with those in other professions. Let a filthy kid, unknown, unheard of and unbacked sit in-and if he can do it- he is recognized and accepted instantly. Do you know of any other field where this is true? The age span of the group covers fifty years, from jazz luminary Marty Morell to relative newcomer Veronica Swift. As Steinbeck opines, none of this matters in jazz as long as you can hang.
I've worked with Richard Drexler and Marty for decades and with Charlie Silva off and on for the same period. Veronica and I have been collaborating now for three years. The common thread is swinging music, a nod to the rich jazz tradition and the joie de vivre.
For this band, the music comes to fruition without much verbal communication; the direction lies within the music itself. I am drawn to performers who hear deeply and draw on their intuition to "tell a story. You'll notice that several of the selections have no lyrics. Veronica has deep roots as a jazz singer and understands the synergy of music and vocals. When called for on this record, she performs essentially as another horn player.
Richard and Marty have a keen sense of artistry, and we share a close working relationship. Dan is a seasoned jazz musician, having spent years with Harry Connick, Jr.
Saul and Christian, students in the jazz program at the University of Central Florida, are filled with promise. Pernod, composed by Johnny Mandel, is a fun piece that keeps musicians on their toes. This performance exemplifies the collaborative nature of the band. I added lyrics for Veronica to sing. Veronica, Richard and I were talking about that great recording after playing a jazz festival.
During breakfast the next morning, Richard sat at the piano playing Stan Getz's solo. Veronica had written lyrics the night before and joined in. Her vocalese is marvelous! This is another piece where the vocal role is that of a horn player.
While I was distilling the repertoire for this album, Veronica insisted we record it. Her performance captures her essence as a jazz singer. Beauty Becomes Her is a piece I wrote last year. I asked Veronica to add lyrics, and in doing so she demonstrated her prowess.
I believe the band's enjoyment shines through on this track. Rhapsody in Blue is perhaps Gershwin's most famous large-scale work.
This arrangement was commissioned by the Celebration Foundation of Celebration, Florida. This melodic statement is found in the middle of the original work. It appears with an additional verse here-a nice touch. It's a wonderful vehicle for the band. My Mistress' Eyes is an original composed around the Shakespearean sonnet of the same name.
I wrote it a few years back for a show called Shakespeare Swings! Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando. As for Dream a Little Dream of Me, I've always been attracted to the lyric and the modulation on the bridge. Veronica sings it as if it was her own tune. Subscribe to our news via Email. Enter your email address: Service handled via Google Feedburner. Your e-mail address will not be shared with anyone.
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