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VERONNEAU: Bio

Lynn Véronneau is well-known for her gentle, compelling, warm voice and her love of powerful melodies. Her solo album, Something Cool - a collection of jazz standards, pop, and blues - attracted kudos from critics, radio stations and public alike. The French Canadian singer brings an effortless technique to her heartfelt interpretations in the jazz style. Lynn has performed throughout Canada, Europe and the US and recorded in her own right and as a session vocalist for others.

Lynn met and performed with her musical soul mate and husband, guitar player, singer/songwriter Ken Avis in Switzerland, before moving to the US and adding guitarist David Rosenblatt to the mix.

David Rosenblatt developed his love of Brazilian acoustic guitar as a child living in Rio. He subsequently crafted his sound in Brazil and San Francisco with study and live performance. David's beautiful solo compositions, "Opening of Summer," and "September Moon" are featured on the Veronneau CD's.

Ken Avis has devoted himself to exploring blues, jazz and roots music. Ken was the vocalist for five years with the renowned (WC Handy Award winning) Otis Grand blues band and has performed throughout the UK, Europe and the US with various bands. He is also a regular contributing writer to Capitalbop magazine and has been published in other magazines such as the UK's Jazz Journal, and has been honored to be a mentor to musicians for the prestigious Strathmore Artists-in-Residence series . Ken is a Cordoba Guitars Artist Ambassador.

 

Veronneau - the Band 

 Formed in the Washington DC area, Veronneau quickly gained widespread recognition for their live shows - the recognition became international with the release of their debut album Joie de Vivre - Joy of Living, released in 2011. The album went to #9 in the Jazzweek World Music chart and had extensive radio play throughout the US and Europe, leading to shows in the UK, where the band performed live on BBC Radio, and in Canada. La Mer, the 1930's French song from the album, has become a major hit on internet radio and Youtube where it has garnered over 30,000 views. 

Veronneau's second release, 2012's Jazz Samba Project celebrates the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1962 Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd album Jazz Samba - the recording which brought Brazilian bossa nova to world-wide attention. While their album made the Best of 2012 lists of many music bloggers and magazines, climbing to #4 on the US Roots Jazz Chart and achieving Top 10 status on many regional jazz stations, the band plunged into further exploration and research about the history and impact of Jazz Samba.  

The CD was launched at All Souls Church in Washington, D.C., where the historic 1962 album had been recorded. The band went on to co-curate and perform at the finale of the Strathmore Jazz Samba Project festival - a National Endowment for the Arts award winning festival of Brazilian music and arts. They produced a documentary movie about the birth of Bossa Nova with director Bret Primak  Bossa Nova - The Music Which Charmed the World, *2014) and in 2015 wrote and performed in a theatrical piece Bossa Fever, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.  

Veronneau are currently writing original material for a 2016 release and preparing a show with contemporary dance troupe Company Danzante for performance spring 2016.