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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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