Clif & Nelda’s little BIG Band

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 repertoire includes 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.

For bookings, contact Clif Swiggett at or (206) 484-0296.

Little BIG Band Sound Samples

Trio & Quartet Sound Samples

Trio and quartet also available (add acoustic bass and/or drum set).

Classical Sound Samples

Classical repertoire is available for wedding ceremonies. Special requests are welcomed.

About the Band

Clif and Nelda love to perform together and create a fun and relaxed vibe for their listeners. Their “little BIG Band” debuted in October 2013, and has since performed at numerous clubs, restaurants, parties, weddings, and other special events. In addition to their duo, these two talented musicians 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 four 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).

Clif Swiggett grew up in New York playing jazz trombone as a teenager. He toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, played lead trombone in the McDonald’s Tri-State Jazz Ensemble backing up Dizzy Gillespie at the Newport and Kool Jazz Festivals, and performed live on the Merv Griffin Show. Since moving to Seattle, he’s ​performed with Room To Move ​and Megabopolis (jazz), Cambalache and Caribbean Roots (​s​alsa and Afro-Cuban), The Brian Waite Band (reggae, funk, rock), and most of Seattle’s top big bands.

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Nelda Swiggett