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Inga Swearingen

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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

“She has the knack for making even complicated musical trajectories sound natural and flowing,” writes jazz critic Joe Woodard. With her varied vocal gifts that allow her to juxtapose husky textures with silky lightness, Inga uses her voice like an instrument often switching roles and accompanying other members of the band. Her dead-on pitch, effortlessly natural phrasing, and infectious positive spirit have earned consistently high praise from audiences around the world.

Intuitive on stage, whether soaring through invigorated standards at the Montreux Jazz Festival or inventing Bobby McFerrin-style melodies in front of thousands at Tanglewood with public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, Inga feels at home always....
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Awards

Montreux Jazz Festival (2003) Shure Jazz Voice competition: First Prize and Prize of the Public
“Inga has a gorgeous voice, very fresh and evocative and note-perfect, and that's the sort of person you want to sing harmony to...” - Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

“She has the knack for making even complicated musical trajectories sound natural and flowing.” - Josef Woodard, jazz critic

“Swearingen applied compositional insights to soaring vocals, with her original “April” -- a duet with Grace -- a compelling blend of lyrical melody and dark harmonies. She spontaneously led an irresistibly swinging duet with Korb on “All of Me,” rendered “Stompin' at the Savoy” with fast-paced flexibility and illuminated the standard “Skylark” with a bass line from Chick Corea's “Children's Song.” - Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

“She is one of the few whom an audience opens up to immediately, the listeners are there for her. They feel that she gives everything she has without forcing it on them,” - Susanne Abbuehl, ECM recording artist

“It's hard to decide what's most remarkable about Inga Swearingen: her gorgeous voice, her dead-on pitch, her effortlessly natural phrasing, or her infectious positive spirit.” - Anton Schwartz, saxophonist

“Inga Swearingen’s voice is so true, her style and the joy that she exudes in her delivery, captured the entire audience.” - Natalie Wilson & Lin Cook, Santa Barbara Jazz Society

“Swearingen swings with a vengeance when she sings, scat-singing with agility and grace and infusing jazz standards with fresh life.” - Kati Schardl, Tallahassee Democrat

“Inga Swearingen simply stole the show with her beautiful, charming presence, radiant smile and improbably varied vocal gifts that allow her to juxtapose husky textures with silky lightness.” - Dave Conlin Read, Newberkshire.com

“Inga and Bill [Peterson] have something rare ” a musical chemistry that powerfully affects the audience. They play with such imagination and honesty without getting in each other’s way.” - Marcus Roberts, jazz pianist

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