The Benny Green Trio with vocalist Veronica Swift performed at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater this past Friday night.
Already a veteran at age 24, vocalist Veronica Swift has been performing weekly at New York City’s famed Birdland club and appearing regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. A 2015 prizewinner at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition, Swift is the daughter of the late bebop pianist Hod O’Brien and vocalist Stephanie Nakasian. Her smooth style and scatting have drawn comparisons to Anita O’Day, June Christy and the great vocalese artist Annie Ross.
The Benny Green Trio is led by respected pianist and composer Green, who learned his chops touring and recording with jazz icons like Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Betty Carter and Freddie Hubbard. Performing with Benny’s trio is drummer Aaron Kimmel and bassist David Wong.