Nelda Swiggett

“…a bright palette, a sinewy execution and a powerful, assertive command… the sound is all Swiggett’s: refined and confident, open and inviting. - All About Jazz

“a tune with a view” from Nelda’s latest CD, BLUE-EYED PAINTED LADY (2014 oa2 records)


Pianist Nelda Swiggett is an active performer and composer on the Seattle music scene. She formed her first band in 1990, and has since performed at many of the Northwest’s leading clubs, concerts and festivals, including the Earshot Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot, and a KPLU-FM Summer Jazz Cruise, among others.

This Time coverNelda Swiggett Trio
Nelda has worked steadily with top tier Seattle musicians Chris Symer (bass) and Byron Vannoy (drums) since 2006. Their 2010 CD of Nelda’s original music, This Time, was released on Seattle’s award winning jazz label OA2 Records. This Time garnered strong reviews and fans for Nelda’s music around the globe.

… a stunning project, put together by three imaginative swingers … held together by the highly original mind of Ms. Swiggett. - JazzTimes

 Nelda Swiggett Stringtet

Stringtet color photoNelda’s music has a richer, orchestral sound when performed by Stringtet. Stringtet is the Nelda Swiggett Trio joined by veteran Seattle Symphony musicians Rachel Swerdlow (viola) and Walter Gray (cello). Stringtet is featured on Nelda’s most recent OA2 release, Blue-Eyed Painted Lady (2014).

“Gorgeous… with a warm electricity and a fluidity of motion that just carries the listener along.”  - emusic

No Time for Daydreams & Hands On
Nelda continues to receive rave emails from fans in far flung places who have discovered one of her first two CDs. In 1990, Nelda formed the Room to Move Sextet, with a three-horn front line featuring trumpet, tenor sax, and trombone. The band’s CD recording of original compositions, No Time for Daydreams, received extensive airplay on Seattle’s jazz stations as well as national and international airplay. In 1998, her talent for composition was recognized by an Artist Trust Fellowship from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her second release as a leader followed – Nelda Swiggett | Hands On.

And now for something completely different
Nelda and her trombonist husband Clif Swiggett perform as a duo most Friday nights at Sullivan’s Steakhouse at 6th and Union in Seattle. (Check the Calendar to confirm.) Their repertoire includes classics by composers such as Duke Ellington, Wes Montgomery, Tito Pointe, and Jobim, as well as funky hits by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Pharrell Williams and more. With a variety of trombone mutes, hand percussion, and Nelda’s vocals, the duo produces a surprisingly full and varied sound.