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Stephanie Nakasian @ Birdland Theater

Oct 8, 2019

Stephanie Nakasian
Birdland Theater
315 West 44th Street
Tuesday, October 8


Chances are you’ve been hearing about Stephanie Nakasian’s daughter, the 25-year-old bebop wunderkind Veronica Swift (currently appearing almost everywhere, including regular gigs at Birdland and an ongoing tour with Chris Botti). But talent has to come from somewhere, and Ms. Swift gives full credit to her parents, the late and much-missed modern jazz piano master Hod O’Brien and Ms. Nakasian, who has been a fave among jazz buffs ever since her tenure with Jon Hendricks and Company in the 1980s. Both mother and daughter share a fondness for - and revel in the legacy and influences of - Anita O’Day, June Christy and the larger school of jazz vocalists associated with Stan Kenton’s Orchestra: the cool vibrato-less tone, the bright, upbeat swinging sound, a rare gift for improvisation and a “like-terminally-hip” attitude. Lately both Ms. Swift and Ms. Nakasian are spending most of their time on the road (although Veronica is making two appearances on the outskirts of town this weekend, in Brighton Beach on Friday and Caramoor in Katonah on Saturday) so any of their appearances in Manhattan are to be cherished.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)