The Gentlemen have landed...
Boasting the classiest three or four piece outfit in Australia, The Swing formed on the Gold Coast in 2005 and has performed extensively all over Australia since then. The Swing is a sophisticated outfit, presenting the most extensive repertoire around. The music swings and is perfect for any function or event, from the small stage to the larger venues. The Swing are the best of the best
Andy P - piano, sax, flute, vocals
Andy P is like no other jazz performer you’ve ever seen. Smooth vocals coupled with his talents on several instruments including piano, sax and flute. Andy’s live solo show and performances with his quartet The Swing are energetic and spontaneous and have been wowing audiences across Australia for nearly a decade.
At 29 years of age, Andy is what you’d call an “old soul”. His love for jazz and swing started at the tender age of 10, and since then Andy has developed into an accomplished and well respected performing artist.
Roberto S - upright bass and vocals
Rob commenced his musical career as a bassist singer, performing in Clubs around Melbourne. In 1973 Rob undertook the Arranging Course provided by the Berkeley Jazz University, Boston, USA. In 1982, the Victorian College of the Arts awarded him the first diploma in the State of Victoria for double bass (A.mus.A).
Robert's drive to expand his musical horizons, led him to study jazz improvisation with American saxophonist Jamie Abersold, acclaimed Bassist and Tutor Rufus Read, Bassist Virtuoso John Patitucci, Dr. David Backer (Jazz Lecturer and Historian at Indiana University), Pianist Al Gulper and celebrated Trumpeter Randy Breker.
On both acoustic and electric bass, Rob S is perhaps best recognized for his driving bass playing and creativeness, which allows him to be comfortable in styles from blues to straight-ahead jazz, and be-bop. Throughout his carreer Rob S has strived to achieve a level of expression through inprovisation that has led to collaborations with artists like Victor Lewis, Ed Soph, Adam Nusboum, Joe Chindamo, Andrew Gander, Virgil Donati, Peter Jones, Pierre Jaquinot. Today Rob Severini plays an important role in the Australian music industry, as a Performer, Arranger, Producer and Musical Director.
Joe D - drums and vocals
Joe has been in the Music industry all his life, a third generation musician. Joe, a drummer since childhood started his professional career in 1968, working on Great Keppel Island on weekends with several different piano players as a duo. Since then, he has worked with many different line ups.
A Drummer for all occasions he has supported and played with some world greats, from Jazz to Rock and Blues. During the 1970's, working on Ivan Dayman's, Dance Promotions Circuit operated from the old Cloudland Dance Pavilion in Brisbane. Joe has toured and worked with some of the legends, Jazz greats such as Richie Cole, George Golla, Johnny Nicole, and Bob Bernard, as well Aussie Rock Icons Brian Cadd, Normie Rowe, Glen Shorock, and Venetta Fields.
Since the late 80's traveling through The Netherlands, New Zealand, USA and Australia. One of Joe's favorite memories was being in the support band in 1999, on George Benson's, Australian tour.
Ben Calderazzo - guitars and percussion
Ben Calderazzo is a talented young guitarist and percussionist based in the Geelong region. He completed his Diploma of Music Performance (Jazz & Pop) in 1998 and currently is Head of Guitar Studies at Kardinia International College.
With over 10 years’ experience, Ben has played a feature role in providing live music to a range of clients including City of Greater Geelong, Gordon TAFE, Deakin University, Spray Farm, Longest Lunch, Toyota etc... Festival performances include Port Fairy, Brunswick and the 53rd National Jazz Convention where Ben won the Young Composer award.