Veronica Swift at A Place For Jazz
Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. She grew up on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod OBrien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian. It was with them that she first appeared at The Jazz Standard and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. 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.
In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her tenth appearance there but her first as a headliner. In 2018, she began touring with her trio (Emmet Cohen Trio) as well as Benny Green Trio, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Chris Botti, appearing at Jazz Showcase, Monterey and Montreal Jazz festivals, and two runs with Jazz at Lincoln Center: Shanghai, China, and Marians Jazzrooom in Bern, Switzerland.
Julius Rodriguez is both a pianist and drummer bringing his unique approach to the growing pool of young jazz talents. He has shared the stage with many recognizable names including Keyon Harrold, Ben Williams, Carmen Lundy, James Morrison, Jazzmeia Horn, Dev Hynes, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, Wynton Marsalis, and many more.
Hailing from Westchester, NY, he has traveled to perform at places such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C., the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Monterey Jazz Festival, as well as internationally in Russia, Spain, Mexico, The Netherlands, Japan, China, Scotland Australia, and New Zealand.
He was selected as a YoungArts National Finalist on both piano and drums, as well as a drummer in the Grammy Jazz Session and Next Generation Orchestra, a pianist at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Workshop and a 4-Time NAACP ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) National Medalist for instrumental music performance and music composition.
He studied jazz piano at the Juilliard School and now performs around New York City and around the world.
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Philip Norris currently resides in New York City pursuing his degree in Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School. Philip first began his path in music on the Piano and Horn before his passion developed for the bass at the age of 13.
Growing up in North Carolina, he was a part of The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble and received The Ella Fitzgerald Outstanding Soloist Award at the Essentially Ellington Competition in 2016. Other accolades include the NAfME All-National Jazz ensemble, Jazz Band of America, and a YoungArts National Finalist in 2016.
Since moving to New York, he has played in various parts of the world including Switzerland, Bolivia, and Russia. He has also played with artists such as: Wynton Marsalis, Ulysses Owens Jr., Harold Mabern, Joe Farnsworth, Eric Alexander, Jeff Hamilton, Helen Sung, Catherine Russell, Kenny Washington, Elio Vilafranca, Igor Butman, and many more.
He is currently playing in New York City and abroad with many of these artists as he continues his studies at The Juilliard School.
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