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Lynn Veronneau

Returning to the scene in 2010, singer and Quebec native Lynn Véronneau has been tearing through mid-Atlantic listening venues like a force of nature. She and her new band of world-wise musicians have shared their sparkling jazz-pop sound at club and festival dates in the Mid- Atlantic region and internationally.

Their 2011 debut CD, Joie de Vivre, climbed to #9 in the Jazzweek world music chart and went top 10 in many regional jazz charts. It's international success led to the band touring the UK and Canada in 2011 where they performed live on BBC radio and Radio Canada. This year the band won 6 Wammie nominations from the Washington Area Music Association.

A vocalist trained in the bel canto tradition, with influences ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Eva Cassidy to Annie Lenox, Véronneau will soon be bringing her playful yet sophisticated sensibility and her smooth, powerful voice to audiences around the US, Canada, and UK, as the band tours in support of their debut recording, Joie de Vivre (Joy of Living) .

As a child in suburban Montreal (Sherbrooke), Véronneau was influenced early by the world of Francophone music from her parents’ generation, including crooners Joe Dassin and Serge Lama, chansonier Jacques Brel, and diva Dalida. She loved the Beatles, as well as the big band jazz beloved by her father, a lifelong employee of the O’Keefe brewing company, and her mother, a social worker. And the politically charged, musically accomplished work of proud Quebecois artists such as Les Séguin, Harmonium, and Beau Dommage left a strong artistic and intellectual impression on the young girl.

But the pop, disco, and progressive and punk rock of the day also filled her ears and soul. “The 70s gave me a sense that there were no musical boundaries,” she says. This wide- openness is still evident in her band’s approach today. The acoustic guitar accompaniment of both Ken Avis-- Véronneau’s husband--and David Rosenblatt, backed by the pulsing rhythms of percussionist Pete Walby, create a flexible energy able to support the versatile vocalist as she journeys from swinging American standards to French chanson to Brazilian bossa nova and gypsy swing.

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Album Review

Veronneau: Love & Surrender

Read "Love & Surrender" reviewed by Geannine Reid

There is something quite intoxicating about the Latin genre of music--from samba, to bossa to choro and beyond, the rhythms are infections and memorable. Veronnea, named after its dulcimer toned vocalist Lynn Veronnea, is an acoustic based ensemble featuring the core members Ken Avis on guitar, backing vocals and harmonica and David Rosenblatt also on guitar. The trio creates the foundation upon which many talented friends and special guests build up. Joined on this album by Bruno Lucini on drums ...

Live Review

Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination

Read "Washington, D.C. Reclaims its Role as a Jazz Destination" reviewed by Paula Phillips

Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz Oxygen for the Ears is a 2012 award-winning documentary film depicting the vibrancy of the jazz scene in the nation's capital. Made in three years by German-born astrophysicist Stefan Immler, the 94-minute documentary shows the city's key role in the past, present and future of jazz and is gaining attention for the filmmaker and his adopted city. The film was selected for 16 film festivals in the U.S., Canada and Germany, winning ...

Album Review

Veronneau: Jazz Samba Project

Read "Jazz Samba Project" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Musical revisionists often view the outstanding Getz/Gilberto (Verve, 1963) as the point of ignition for the stateside bossa nova explosion of the early '60s, but those in the know are fully aware that Jazz Samba (Verve, 1962) is the album that actually lit the fuse. While saxophonist Stan Getz's classic recordings with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto have taken their rightful place at the top of the heap, his earlier, trailblazing collaboration with guitarist Charlie Byrd is ...

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Take Five with Lynn Veronneau

Read "Take Five with Lynn Veronneau" reviewed by Lynn Veronneau

Meet Lynn Veronneau: Quebec native Lynn Veronneau has been tearing through mid-Atlantic listening venues with her band, “Veronneau," like a force of nature with 50 shows in their first year, a new CD, and shows scheduled for the US, UK and Canada.As a child in suburban Montreal (Sherbrooke), Veronneau was influenced by the world of Francophone music as well as the Beatles, and the big band jazz beloved by her father, a lifelong employee of the O'Keefe brewing ...

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"Joie de Vivre breaks new ground in a world dulled by powerless genres and pointless musical borders. The album is a cultured compendium of musical styles surrounding an astonishing voice. "an exciting offering for those thirsting for something unique and beautiful." --Jordan Richardson

"Love this new album. . .the songs the singing and musicianship are outstanding. We'll be playing it often on the Jazz Café". Bob Collins - 'Jazz Cafe' WRHU, New York (May 1, 2011)

"I wish I owned a funky clothes shop so I could play (Joie de Vivre) while people were shopping". Mary Kunz Goldman - Buffalo News (Apr 8, 2011)




Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Love & Surrender

Self Produced


Jazz Samba Project

Veronneau Music


Joie de Vivre

Veronneau Music


Autumn Leaves

From: Jazz Samba Project
By Lynn Veronneau

The Gentle Rain

From: Joie de Vivre
By Lynn Veronneau


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