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St. Cecilia Music Center Features the Benny Green Trio with 24-year-old Rising Jazz Singer Veronica Swift on March 7, 2019, the Final Jazz Series Concert of the 135th Anniversary Season

St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) features the Benny Green Trio with young rising jazz singer Veronica Swift on March 7 in the final Jazz Series concert of the 135th Anniversary season.
Veronica Swift, 24-year-old Jazz Artist

Veronica Swift, 24-year-old Jazz Artist /Veronica Swift

Concert Tickets

Concert tickets for Veronica Swift with the Benny Green Trio are $40 and $45 and can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224 or visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.scmc-online.org.  A pre-concert reception for $15 at 6:30 pm, with wine and hors d'oeuvres,is available by reservation in advance (by Friday, March 1). A post-concert party with dessert, coffee and wine is open to all ticket-holdersto meet the artists, obtain autographs and CD purchases. 

Benny Green, Jazz Pianist

Benny Green, Jazz Pianist /Benny Green

St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) features the Benny Green Trio with young rising jazz singer Veronica Swift on March 7 in the final Jazz Series concert of the 135th Anniversary season. Benny Green, a veteran of the jazz world combines a mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century including Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Brown, Diana Krall and Christian McBride. Veronica Swift is now recognized around the country as one of the top new young jazz singers on the scene. The 24-year-old Veronica Swift will be releasing her next album on Mac Avenue Records in early 2019, which will feature the great pianist Benny Green and his trio as well the Emmet Cohen Trio

SCMC Executive Director Cathy Holbrook says, “It will be exciting to see Veronica Swift in this point in her career performing from the new album with esteemed Jazz pianist Benny Green and his trio. Those who love great jazz will be blown away by this concert. It’s really a double bill because either of these artists would be big enough to feature in their own concert, so it’s a two-for-one night!”

Concert tickets for Veronica Swift with the Benny Green Trio are $40 and $45 and can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224 or visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.scmc-online.org.  A pre-concert reception for $15 at 6:30 pm, with wine and hors d'oeuvres,is available by reservation in advance (by Friday, March 1). A post-concert party with dessert, coffee and wine is open to all ticket-holdersto meet the artists, obtain autographs and CD purchases. 

 

More About the Artists

Benny Green was born in New York in 1963 and grew up in Berkeley, California. He began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned to Jazz: “I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I’d been hearing from my father’s collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird… it was a gradual process of teaching myself”. Benny never looked back and never stopped learning as his blossoming talents, supported by mentors such as Walter Bishop, Jr. and others, plus his love for the music, propelled him to the upper strata of jazz luminaries.

Veronica Swift grew up on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian.  It was with them where she first appeared at The Jazz Standard, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.  Veronica recorded two CDs as a child – one at age 9 with Richie Cole and her father’s rhythm section and her mother, and one at age 13 with saxophonist Harry Allen.

Her 2015 Album “Lonely Woman features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, Daryl Johns (with whom she shared a Grammy Choir/Band experience), Matt Wigler, and Scott Lowrie. In addition to performing the Great American Songbook and Bebop and Vocalese classics, Veronica is also a passionate devotee of 20s and 30s music and has sung with Vince Giordano, Terry Waldo, and Drew Nugent.

 

SINGLE TICKETS FOR REMAINING SCMC CONCERTS

Jazz Series Single tickets 

Benny Green Trio & Veronica Swift – March 7, 2019

A section $45 

B section $40

 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Single tickets

Russian Mastery, featuring works by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Arensky March 14, 2019

A section $45

B section $40

 

From Mendelssohn, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms andTchaikovsky - April 25, 2019

A section $45

B section $40

 

 

Folk Series single tickets 

The Milk Carton Kids – February 28, 2019

A section $45

B section $40

 

Asleep at the Wheel – April 11, 2018

A section $43

B section $38

 

Leo Kottke – April 18, 2019              

A section $40

B section $35

 

 

 

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