Primary Instrument: Vocal
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 Cote 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 Cote Ouest Big Band. A new CD with the big band will be released next May. Veronika Rodriguez is one swinging, tremendously musical lady. To watch her in person is close to electrifying, as she almost trashes about the stage in an ecstasy of triple-time scatting. She sings the Great American Standards in charmingly accented english. If you could imagine Swingle Singer blended with the style of Jon Hendricks it would be Veronika. Je l'adore ! John Meyer, pianiste de Liza Minnelli, Shirley Bassey...
Veronika Rodriguez possesses an alto voice, clear & sensual, almost without vibrato, and her interpretation of Jazz standards are always full of strong swing, without false intention whatever the tempo Tony P. Geller, Dictionary of International Voices of Jazz