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.  They’ve performed at jazz clubs, private parties, weddings, and jazz festivals 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.  

For bookings or more information, contact Clif Swiggett at (206) 484-0296 or cswiggett(at)

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 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 (​s​alsa and Afro-Cuban), The Brian Waite Band (reggae, funk, rock), and most of Seattle’s top big bands.

Client Feedback

Holiday Party
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.”