Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Educator

“. . . the sound is all Swiggett’s: refined and confident, open and inviting.”
     – All About Jazz


I’m happy to officially announce the release of my latest album, The Alaska Suite: a story of beauty, loss and hope.

Nelda Swiggett – piano, vocals, compositions
Julian Smedley – violin
Clif Swiggett – trombone, bongos
Chris Symer – bass
Adam Kessler – drums
Jill McGrath – poetry

Sound Clips: The images and words below suggest the emotional space that inspired these original pieces.

Watch a 5-minute documentary about the Alaska Suite, including video excerpts from a live performance. 


My husband Clif Swiggett and I had several dates booked for a July 2020, multi-state tour of our Little Big Band duo when the pandemic hit. Our live gigs were all cancelled… but the show went on! We’ve performed five well-received, 60-minute live-stream concerts to date from our basement studio in Seattle as well as from the Wallowa Valley in eastern Oregon. Check out the Dates page or subscribe below to learn about our next live event.