Jeff Rupert Quartet with Veronica Swift

Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota Florida

At age 24, Veronica Swift has rocketed to the top ranks of young jazz singers.

She won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, and in 2016 performed her own concert at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York. She appeared with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there – but her first as a headliner. In 2017 she started her residency at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, then 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, two runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center: Shanghai, China, and Marians' Jazz Showroom in Bern, Switzerland.

Jeff Rupert is a freelance tenor saxophonist, a Yamaha Artist and a record producer under the Flying Horse Records label. His numerous recordings as a featured soloist include dates with Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Diane Schuur, Mel Torme, Benny Carter’s Grammy winning recording, Harlem Renaissance (Music Masters), and the New Jersey Blues band TheFins, to name just a few.

Backing Swift and Rupert will be “The Jazz Professors: Richard Drexler piano, Ben Kramer bass and Marty Morell drums.