Veronika Rodriguez Jazz Quintet

Veronika Rodriguez Jazz Quintet

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Jazz standards the french way. Veronika makes her own perfect union of jazz and bossa nova.

Biography

After conservatoire studies in classical singing, Veronika Rodriguez discovered jazz at the age of 16, by listening to Ella Fitzgerald. Being a fan of vocalists from the American West Coast (June Christy, Chris Connor...), she is also influenced by variety singers from the 1950's : Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee...

In esptember of 1984, Veronika met the big band conductor Jean-Philippe Vidal and became the lead vocalist of the Côte Ouest Big Band. They created together a number of performances including For the love of Ella, portrait of Ella Fitzgerald which was a huge succes, not only for the specialists of Ella Fitzgerald, but for the grand public as well.

After a US Tour, Veronika introduced a vocal quartet named The Swing Voices following the tradition of The Modernaires, Pied Pipers, Manhattan Transfer for the recording of Radio Days. She recorded 3 albums under her name, including Isn't it Romantic? which received in 1993 the award for the Best Foreign Jazz Vocal Recording in Tokyo.

She also received the Golden Microphone from the International Meetings of Jazz in Hamburg in 1996 and was discovered that same year by the Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell, who performed with her in concert.

In 1997, Harry Connick Jr personally chose Veronika to be the opening act for his performance at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

In 2005, Veronika introduced in New York her new album Paris is You at Danny's Skylight room and received the award for Best Vocal Jazz Performance of the year in Manhattan.

She regulary performs at Jazz Festivals with her quintet or with the Côte Ouest Big Band. A new CD with the big band will be released next September.

Discography

Paris is you
Miss Rodriguez & her 7 lovers
Crazy about the 50's
's wonderful
Love songs from Brazil
Jazz impressions

Set List

30 minutes to an hour and a half sets, with for example :
- Lullaby of birdland
- One note samba
- Cheek to ckeek
- I've got the world on a string
- Corcovado
- I wish you love
- The lady is a tramp
- New york New York
- Saturday Night
- Just you, just me
- Opus One
- Th'at's all...