Category Archives: Emmet Cohen

Emmet Cohen on turning lemons into lemonade (DownBeat, Feb. 2021)

Last summer, with the club and concert scene in the US and Europe shuttered and fear rampant, the sensational 30-year-old pianist @EmmetCohen managed to organize a tour of Europe for his NYC-based trio. Everywhere they went, they were told they were the only American band that had come over and performed. How did they do it? My news piece in DownBeat.

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Veronica Swift Swings Like Mad (DownBeat, Oct. 2019)

Veronica Swift doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t listening to jazz: “Before I was even born, in utero, Mom was doing concerts.”
(Photo: Giancarlo Belfiore/UmbriaJazz)

If, at 25, Veronica Swift sounds like a veteran jazz singer, that’s because she’s been singing jazz professionally since the age of 9. Her mom, the terrific jazz singer Stephanie Nakasian, once took Veronica, then 12, to see bebop singer Annie Ross perform in New York, and the youngster sat in on a number. Afterward, Ross said to her, “My goodness, Veronica, that was amazing … but don’t come back too often!” Here’s my profile of Veronica from the October 2019 DownBeat.

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