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VERONNEAU: Bio

Lynn Veronneau grew up near Montreal, completing her voice studies in France where her classical training helped her develop a seemingly effortless technique. Lynn moved beyond classical to sing folk, blues and funk before settling on her jazz and pop repertoire. Performing in France as a member of the Cernettes – an all-female vocal group – Lynn made headlines around the world as the band featured on the first ever photograph to be circulated on the web.

With her husband, band mate, Ken Avis, Lynn created and co-hosts two weekly radio shows on WERA FM in the Washington DC area. They also curate the annual Passport to the World music festival and other events in the DC area. They also collaborated to produce and perform a full-length dance and live music performance with award-winning contemporary dance group Company Danzante (2016) for Atlas Performing Arts.

Sometimes compared to Stacy Kent, Astrud Gilberto and Gretchen Parlato, Lynn Veronneau can be serene or commanding. She brings a warmth and elegance to the band’s recordings and an engaging presence to stage performance

Ken Avis (guitar and vocals) met Lynn Veronneau while the two were performing at a festival in Switzerland. Ken explored a wide range of roots music and performed as vocalists with WC Handy Award winning Otis Grand Blues Band.

Ken is a published music journalist and co-produced the documentary Bossa Nova – The Brazilian Music That Charmed the World (2014). He is currently co-producing Anacostia Delta (2018) a film which celebrates the legends and the legacy of Washington DC’s great guitarists such as Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan. Ken co-curated the National Endowment for the Arts award-winning Strathmore Jazz Samba Project Festival.  Atlas Performing Arts commissioned and performed Ken’s play Bossa Fever! (2015) which featured Veronneau. 

Ken is a Cordoba Guitars Artist Ambassador..   

David Rosenblatt (guitar) began his love of Brazilian music and jazz while growing up in Rio de Janeiro. Returning to his home state of Arizona David’s studies progressed through university and a scholarship to return to Brazil to study guitar. He has become the first-call guitarist for visiting Brazilian musicians to the Washington DC area playing samba, bossa nova and choro.


Veronneau - the Band 

Veronneau’s repertoire, performed in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, spans the world musically and geographically, mixing samba, bossa nova, swing and French chanson with original compositions. A sparkling cocktail of sounds broader than any single musical genre. For Veronneau and their fans it’s first and foremost all about the song.

Currently based in the Washington DC area, Veronneau draw capacity crowds at major venues such as Blues Alley, Strathmore Main Hall, the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, and Bonafide . They have participated in many US festivals including the DC Jazz Festival, in addition to the UK’s prestigious Beat Herder festival. Veronneau have toured in the US, Canadian and the UK, performing and interviewing live on national radio, including repeat appearances to the BBC.

The band have been honored with multiple awards in the Mid Atlantic Region including awards  for Best Jazz Group, Best Vocals and Best Recording. Their 2018 release Love & Surrender is the third Top 10 charting jazz-world music CD. The album went straight into the Top 5 on release and stayed there for 4 months!