A leading jazz vocalist in Mexico, Veronica Ituarte's approach to jazz singing is imaginative and inventive. Exposed to music during her early childhood by her parents, Ituarte moved on to music studies in 1972 at the University of Mexico's National School of Music. In 1981 she met piano player Francisco Téllez who founded the Jazz School at the National Institute of Beauty and Arts where Ituarte started to study jazz in earnest. Attracted by the freedom of artistic expression the music offered, Ituarte's initiation into the performing jazz profession was novel. In 1981 at the 3rd Mozart Festival in Mexico City she sang Mozart songs to the accompaniment of a chamber orchestra and jazz trio, the latter led by Mexican jazz pianist Juan Jose Calatayud. From 1993 to 1999, Ituarte appeared at numerous jazz festivals including festivals at Vera Cruz, Mexico City and Minneapolis. She has opened for such notables as Oscar Peterson and B.B. King and has appeared at such Mexico jazz venues as El Chato, 1/4 de Jazz, New Orleans and Arcano. Her first album Alucinaciones was released in 1998 for the Ingeni Arte Acustica label and is an intelligent blend of classic standards and bop anthems with outstanding arrangements. Her early mentor, Francisco Téllez, is with her on this maiden offering along with outstanding tenor sax player, Pablo Salas.Ituarte has been influenced by several singers including Tony Bennett, Eddie Jefferson and the grand troika of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. However, one of her early influences was Judy Garland. Not a jazz singer by any means but one, Ituarte feels, took an unusually honest approach to her vocalizing. Garland is still an inspiration.
Ituarte continues to work the festival and concert circuit and gig at local jazz venues. She also teaches scatting at the Escuela Superior de Música (Superior School of Music) in Mexico City. ~ Dave Nathan, Rovi