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SwingZing captures the Jump, Jive & Swing sounds of the 40s & 50s including Louis Prima, Louis Jordan, Fats Domino & Nina Simone to name but a few.

The band features the vocal talents of one of the UK’s rising stars, Sinead McCabe, and some of the UK’s top musicians - Jeremy Huggett on tenor & baritone saxes/vocals, Gethin Liddington on trumpet/vocals, John Martin on piano/organ, Federico Leonori on bass and Eddie John on drums.

The exciting, lively sound and the versatility of the band is appealing to audiences of all ages making
SwingZing one of the most popular bands in the UK and ideal for dancing.

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Band photo and individual musician photos below by Barry Kesterton

Photo of Jeremy Huggett JEREMY HUGGETT, leader of the band, is renowned for his masterly playing of his saxophones, his arranging and composing skills and his vocal renditions.

He's been playing music from an early age having learnt flute and piano as a child adding saxes, clarinet and vocals in his early twenties.

As a very young man he won a prestigious award for his playing and served an 'apprenticeship' as a sideman with a number of nationally acclaimed bands before branching out into leading bands of his own.
Since then, Jeremy's gone from strength to strength, playing with famous names all over the country including Acker Bilk, Digby Fairweather, Carlos Ward, Cy Laurie, George Melly, Humphrey Lyttleton, Danny Moss, Pete Allen, Tommy Burton, Beryl Brydon, Enrico Tomasso, Jim Fryer, Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton, Tim Whitehead and the list goes on.

As well as playing a wide range of jazz including traditional, mainstream and swing, Jeremy is a very versatile musician playing in a number of other styles including rock & roll, blues, rock and pop.

Since December 2000, Jeremy has been guesting on saxes and flute with legendary rock group, Hawkwind, using the name Jez Huggett, appearing at prestigious venues including London Astoria and Royal Festival Hall, London. He has also featured on live and studio CDs, "Yule Ritual" & "Take me to your Leader", as well as DVDs of live concerts. He also appears in their book, "The Saga of Hawkwind".

Under his enthusiastic leadership
SwingZing have appeared at clubs, festivals & private functions throughout the UK and abroad.

GETHIN LIDDINGTON studied at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama between 1989 & 1993.

He is a very experienced and versatile trumpet player who’s worked with a number of top bands & musicians including Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Back to Basie, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Glenn Miller UK, John Miller Orchestra, London Swing Orchestra, Blue Harlem, Matthew Ford, Jeff Hooper, Rat Pack European Tour, Nick Ross Orchestra, Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall, Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, Katherine Jenkins, Debra Stephenson, Scritti Pollitti & Welsh National Opera.
Gethin Liddington
As well as stage appearances, Gethin has also recorded as a featured soloist with Paula Gardiner, Keith Tippett, Gwawr Edwards, Only Men Aloud, Paul Dunmall, Lee Mead and Ultrasound, as well as performing on radio and TV sessions and film soundtracks.

When he’s not performing, Gethin teaches jazz trumpet at RWCMD and Bathspa University.

John Martin JOHN MARTIN began playing piano before starting school.

He studied at the Royal Academy of Music for four years where he developed a formidable piano technique as well as his skills for musical arrangements.

John has had an extensive musical career including Musical Director for Scottish Ballet and Musical Director for Scottish Television. He is a very versatile musician playing in both jazz and commercial line ups and has worked as a ship's musician performing all around the world.
Some of John’s highlights in his career have been jamming with the great pianist Oscar Peterson, accompanying vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, and working as Musical Director for Sir Harry Secombe.

FEDERICO LEONORI (AKA Fred) is a double bass player based in Bristol who’s very active in the vibrant city's jazz scene.

He was born in Rome, Italy where he took up the bass guitar and later, in his late teens, the double bass.

Fred went on to gain a Master's Degree in classical double bass performance at the prestigious Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in his home town studying with one of the best Italian double bass players, Daniele Roccato. He later studied jazz with the great Eddie Gomez.
Frederico Leonori
Since becoming resident in Bristol in 2015 Federico’s become an integral part of the city’s music scene working with some of the UK’s top musicians including Alan Barnes, Roy Williams, Andy Barrett, Daan Temmink, Andy Tween, David Mowat & Rob Brian.

Jump Jive era car

Eddie John EDDIE JOHN is a professional freelance drummer, composer and teacher.

He’s performed gigs and on recording sessions throughout the UK and abroad with a number of top artists including John Stewart, Graeme Duffin, Iain Archer, Korgis, Pete Brandt, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Davis, Brett Anderson, Stackridge, Simon Spillett, Pete Gage, Acker Bilk, Iain Ballamy, Ruby Turner, Innes Sibun, Kitchenware Records, Ed Jones, Malcolm Lindsay, Bernie Marsden, Chris Hughes, Digby Fairweather, EMI Music, Callum Malcolm, Annie Whitehead, Larry Garner, Fischy Music, Julian Marc Stringle, Raissa Khan-Panni, John B Sparks, Virgin Music, Fred Wedlock, Epic Music, Pete Brown and Jo Fooks.
Other experience includes work with Otis Grand, Beth Rowley, Lies Damned Lies, Andy Sheppard, John Springate, Ben Castle, Sticky Music, Kevin Brown, Lee Goodall, Bonnie Langford, Polydor Music, Tommy Whittle, Paul Dunmall, Pete Allen, Lee Gibson, Benn Clatworthy to name a few.

Eddie’s an extremely versatile drummer playing jazz, blues, rock, folk, soul and funk. He’s also a fluent reader and can often be found in the pit on theatre productions.

Touring has allowed him to travel extensively throughout the world. Particular highlights have included UAE, Europe, America, Japan and the former Eastern Bloc.

SINEAD McCABE is a professional vocalist who is one of the UK’s rising stars.

She has worked with a number of top bands throughout the UK captivating audiences with her vocal talents.

Sinead is extremely versatile and is comfortable singing in a range of styles including jazz, swing, blues, gospel and more contemporary styles.

Since taking to the stage she’s headlined at some of the UK’s major festivals including Upton Jazz Festival, Old Duke Jazz Festival, Chipping Sodbury Jazz Festival & Bristol’s Harbourside Festival as well as appearing at some of the UK’s top music venues & theatres.

As well as live performances Sinead has also recorded several CDs & DVDs and been filmed for TV.
Sinead McCabe

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