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Veronica Swift: The Real Deal

Veronica Swift’s raw talent was derived from the perfect blend of nature and nurture. She’s the daughter of pianist Hod O’Brien and jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian. Veronica was drenched in good jazz from birth and she’s a natural, a beautiful young woman with heart and soul and drive, whose tenure at the University of Miami’s … Read More “Veronica Swift: The Real Deal”

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Janis Siegel: Answering the Calling of Vocal Jazz

At first glimpse, this petite songbird easily blends into almost any scene comfortably, always aware of her surroundings, quietly observing. You wouldn’t know you’re chatting with one of the most recognizable voices in vocal jazz/pop history. She sings with laser precision when softly purring a classic ballad. When it’s time to rock in her upper … Read More “Janis Siegel: Answering the Calling of Vocal Jazz”

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Catherine Russell: Queen of the Armstrong Blues

Sitting in the audience of a Catherine Russell concert, one can’t imagine that this charismatic pro was once a shy child who only hoped to reach the heights of her distinguished parents (bassist Carline Ray and pianist Luis Russell). That’s how far she has come. Over the past few years, Russell has been at the … Read More “Catherine Russell: Queen of the Armstrong Blues”

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Nancy King: Master in the Language of Jazz

Nancy King is a rare songbird among jazz singers. Not many vocalists can say they’ve earned high praise from Jon Hendricks, Ray Brown and Herb Ellis (to name a few). She’s comfortable singing in any key, improvising with scat syllables or lyrics, spinning as many choruses as her fertile imagination allows. Nancy’s signature sound is … Read More “Nancy King: Master in the Language of Jazz”

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Jazzmeia Horn: Going Where the Spirit Leads

Jazzmeia Horn takes jazz singing seriously. As a winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan Vocal Jazz Competition, followed by a victory lap at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, Ms. Horn announced her arrival in a big way. Her career saw the kind of ignition young artists dream about. Honoring her Texas gospel … Read More “Jazzmeia Horn: Going Where the Spirit Leads”

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