Clif & Nelda’s little BIG Band
A TOE TAPPING MIX OF PIANO, VOCALS, TROMBONE AND PERCUSSION
You’ll be tapping your toes when you hear this lively duo with its big, warm sound — featuring Nelda Swiggett on piano and vocals and Clif Swiggett on trombone and percussion. This married couple has played music together since the night they first met in 1987. Their duo together, the little BIG Band, debuted in 2013. They’ve performed at jazz clubs, private parties, weddings, and concert venues around the Northwest, and love to share their joy of music with all audiences.
The little BIG Band plays hundreds of songs, crossing genres including classic jazz and swing standards, lively Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms, and funky hits by Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones and more — all freely interpreted in the moment by this nimble and fine-tuned partnership.
Nelda and Clif have many years of professional experience performing with a variety of bands on Seattle’s thriving music scene, and have toured and performed along the west coast from Alaska to California and more.
Pianist and vocalist Nelda Swiggett is an award-winning composer and OA2 recording artist. Her five CDs of original music have received extensive airplay around the globe, including frequent plays on Seattle’s popular KNKX 88.5 FM (formerly KPLU). Her band has been featured at the Earshot Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, and other top Northwest jazz venues. “Swiggett has a unique touch…intensely appealing pianism…a voice with a depth similar to that of Abbey Lincoln…” (All About Jazz). See also www.neldaswiggett.com.
Clif Swiggett is a multi-instrumentalist and educator who grew up in New York playing jazz trombone. He’s toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, backed up Dizzy Gillespie at the Newport and Kool Jazz Festivals, and performed live on the Merv Griffin Show. In the Northwest, he’s played with Room To Move and Megabopolis (jazz), Cambalache and Caribbean Roots (salsa and Afro-Cuban), The Brian Waite Band (reggae, funk, rock), and most of Seattle’s top big bands. “Extraordinary trombone solos by Clif Swiggett set the tone for the entire CD…” (Ken Kraintz, Touch Of Blue CD Review).
4Culture Touring Arts Roster
Clif & Nelda’s little BIG Band is on the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster, a juried directory of some of King County’s most talented performing artists. King County arts agencies, chambers of commerce, and municipalities can apply for a 50% reimbursement of the little BIG Band performance fee. For more information, visit https://www.4culture.org/touring-arts-roster/for-presenters/.
Trio and quartet also available (add acoustic bass and/or drum set).
Classical repertoire is available for wedding ceremonies. Special requests are welcomed.
“The Little Big Band plays regularly at my winery in Kirkland, and they have developed quite the following! This dynamic duo are very accomplished musicians who play big band, jazz, broadway, latin, salsa, and much more. They are the perfect fit for us, and I highly recommend them.”
Bob Delf, Owner, Northwest Cellars Winery
“Clif and Nelda were great to work with at our holiday party. Music was great! They added a great upbeat mood to the party. Thanks! I hope to see you again next year.”
Wedding Ceremony and Reception
“Thank you for playing at our wedding last Sunday. The guests loved the jazz music played and we were so excited you were able to make our day so special. It was the perfect addition to our ceremony and social hour.”
Adult Birthday Party
“Clif and Nelda are not only talented performers, but they have a great ability to “read the room” and adapt. They played dynamically throughout the night helping pace the evening beautifully. Just about everybody I talked to that night expressed how awesome it was to have such good quality live music. Very highly recommended!”
Corporate Launch Party
“We are so thankful to have had Clif & Nelda perform at our Launch Party... The Jazz was fantastic and really added that special something to our event – would highly recommend!”
Cinco de Mayo Party
“Our community was very pleased with the entertainment provided by Clif and Nelda’s little BIG band. I would certainly recommend them to others. They ... made our Cinco de Mayo party a success.”
Tuesday, February 25
Private event. 3 – 4 PM.
Chateau Bothell Landing, Bothell.
Friday, February 28.
Private event. 3 – 4 PM.
Merrill Gardens Retirement home. Auburn.
Tuesday, March 10.
Private event. 7:30 – 9 PM.
Westin Grand Ballroom, Seattle.
Wilridge Estate Winery, Yakima, WA
Skagit Casino Resort, Bow, WA
Rainier Golf and Country Club, Seattle, WA
Sagebrook Senior Living, Bellevue, WA
Northwest Cellars, Kirkland, WA
Silver Cloud Inn, Bellevue, WA
Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle, WA
Canlis Restaurant, Seattle, WA
Jazz at Camano Center concert series, Camano Island, WA
Bellevue Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, WA
Union Station, Tacoma, WA
Chateau Bothell Landing, Bothell, WA
The Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA
Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival, Bellevue, WA
Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA
The Tasting Room, Seattle, WA
Renaissance Hotel, Seattle, WA
Three Holy Hierarchs Romanian Orthodox Church, Mountlake Terrace, WA
Bellevue Hilton, Bellevue, WA
Stoneway Cafe, Seattle, WA
Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour, Edmonds, WA
Bethel Lutheran Church, Shoreline, WA
The Royal Room, Seattle, WA
Active Voice Building, Seattle, WA
Gage Academy of the Arts, Seattle, WA
Central Bar + Restaurant, Bellevue, WA
Queen Anne Clubhouse, Seattle, WA
Aljoya Retirement Community, Mercer Island, WA
Brother Don’s Bar & Grill, Bremerton, WA
Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA
Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Seattle, WA
Seattle Jazz Vespers concert, Seattle First Baptist Church, WA
and numerous private homes
|Jazz & Swing|
After You’ve Gone
As Time Goes By
Body and Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cold Duck Time
Darn That Dream
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
How High The Moon
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I Love Paris
I Love You
I’m Old Fashioned
Mack the Knife
Make Someone Happy
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Moonlight in Vermont
My Funny Valentine
The Nearness of You
St James Infirmary
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Take the “A” Train
What is This Thing Called Love
Cha Cha Cha
Girl From Ipanema
Mas Que Nada
Oye Como Va
Son De La Loma
Song For My Father
Don’t Know Why
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing
Every Breath You Take
I Feel Good
I Want You Back
In My Life
What a Wonderful World
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Christmas is Coming
The Christmas Song
Christmas Time is Here
Frosty the Snow Man
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Linus & Lucy
My Little Drum
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Cannon in D
Forever I Do
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
One Hand, One Heart
For bookings or more information, contact Clif Swiggett at (206) 484-0296 or cswiggett(at)gmail.com.
Stage requirements are simply a place to plug in and a performance area that is at least 6’ x 8’. The duo typically brings its own sound system, microphones, stands, and electric keyboard (if an acoustic piano is not available).
Clif & Nelda’s little BIG Band is on the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster. King County arts agencies, chambers of commerce, and municipalities can apply for a 50% reimbursement of the little BIG Band performance fee. For more information, visit https://www.4culture.org/touring-arts-roster/for-presenters/.