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She's Got Jazz


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She's Got Jazz

Special Preview Screening

Director Jim Burns will introduce his new music film featuring four of the jazz world’s rising stars—all women. Saxophonist Grace Kelly (who dazzled the JBFC audience in 2016), trumpeter/singer Bria Skonberg, and vocalists Brianna Thomas and Veronica Swift are electrifying audiences with their fresh ideas, and attracting a growing following of young fans. The film takes viewers inside New York’s jazz scene with exhilarating live performance footage from several of the city’s hottest venues and intimate interviews with the artists themselves, who discuss what it’s like to shake things up in a music genre that has been traditionally dominated by men.

PRECEDED BY: The Greatest Album Covers of Jazz

What does modern jazz look like? For a lot of music fans, the visual identity of jazz has become synonymous with a single record label that defined the sound and feeling of the musical style during its transformation from the complicated melodies of bebop to the soulful hooks of hard bop during the 1950s and ’60s. That record label is Blue Note, and their album covers are so iconic, they’ve been the point of inspiration for graphic designers and musicians for the past 60 years.

Estelle Caswell. VOX. 2018. 7 m. NR. US. English.

RECEPTION Don’t miss the dessert and wine reception upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery!

Tickets: $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers)


Live Performance by Veronica Swift
Live Performance by Veronica Swift
Wednesday, Jun. 5 2019, 7:15
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Veronica Swift, who thrilled the JBFC audience with her fabulous performance last year, is back—both live and in the film. The 24-year-old is being recognized as a top young singer in jazz. The child of vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and the late bebop pianist Hod O’Brien, Swift possesses not only a beautiful voice but boundless technique and vocal creativity. “It’s not often you hear one so young interpret the sounds of a seasoned jazz performer and make everything she touches her own,” says Theater Pizzazz. A regular at Birdland, she has toured with the Emmet Cohen Trio as well as the Benny Green Trio, Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Chris Botti, appearing at jazz festivals and clubs throughout the world. In addition to performing the Great American Songbook and bebop classics, Swift is a passionate devotee of music from the 1920s and ’30s.

This film is part of the Jazz Sessions: Beyond the Notes series.

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