The roaring twenties come to Florence with iconic moments of Broadway and Hollywood, led by the dazzling Veronica Swift.
The New Generation Festival (NGF), in co-production with the Catskill Jazz Factory, delivers this homage to the roaring 20s led by 25-year-old vocalist, "an adept lyrical interpreter" with "tremendous tonal command" (JazzTimes), Veronica Swift. Florence Follies: From The Big Easy to Broadway stars some of the world’s best young jazz musicians who pay tribute to New Orleans’ influence on Broadway. The show features music by, among others, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern.
Based in the heart of the Catskills, New York State, the Catskill Jazz Factory is a “regional arts think-tank” and “formidable jazz incubator” (HV Almanac Weekly) founded in 2012 with an aim to support today’s best young jazz artists. Catskill Jazz Factory offers year-round school workshops, concerts, mountaintop residencies, lectures, and world-class performances in diverse spaces to a variety of regional audiences across the Hudson Valley, NYC and beyond by partnering with educational facilities, arts organizations, and a variety of non-profits and businesses.
Venues range from mountaintop coffee & donut shops and local high schools to recent concert series collaborations with venues including the New York Botanical Garden, the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, and the Uncharted Series at Greenwich House. Recent project leaders include such esteemed artists as Cecile McLorin Salvant, Dan Tepfer, Damien Sneed, Keyon Harrold, and Brianna Thomas, to name a few.