Swift, the 22-year-old daughter of singer Stephanie Nakasian and the late bebop pianist Hod O'Brien, was first runner-up in 2015's prestigious Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition. She graduated last month from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music with a Bachelor in Music, majoring in jazz voice.
On Friday, January 24, she shared her artistry with the Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto Quintet at Fort Myers' Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The event drew a sellout crowd of about 400.
|Del Gatto, Swift, Miller|
|Del Gatto, Swift|
Swift's interpretation of "September in the Rain" included a vocalese segment in which she put words to tenor saxophonist Lester Young's recorded solo. She also excelled on "Gone For The Day," which Bob Cooper wrote for Christy.
Swift performed Pete Rugolo's "Interlude" with just the band's rhythm section - pianist Joe Delaney, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Tony Vigilante. In the second set, she sang Rugolo's "Lonely Woman," a Stan Kenton Orchestra classic recorded by Christy. With just piano backing, Swift and Delaney captured its mood with aching delicacy.
There were several more treats:
- Her version of "Darn That Dream" included a vocal version of a trombone solo that was uncanny, complete with slide movements with her right hand.
- Playful takes on Dizzy Gillespie's "He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped" and Louis Jordan's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby."
- A seamless medley of two other Christy-recorded classics "Thanks For You" and "We'll Be Together Again."
Swift will be back in the area on Sunday, March 19 for a South County Jazz Club concert with The Jazz Professors band, consisting of University of Central Florida music faculty members Jeff Rupert-sax, Richard Drexler-piano, Marty Morrell-drums and Ben Kramer-bass. It's at 2:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice.
|Del Gatto, Delaney, Swift, Mopsick, Miller, Vigilante|