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 performs at jazz clubs, private parties, weddings, and concert venues around the Northwest. Clif and Nelda 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.

Nelda Swiggett – piano, vocals bio
Clif Swiggett – trombone/percussion bio

Swiggett has a unique touch… intensely appealing pianism…”
– All About Jazz, CD Review

Extraordinary trombone solos by Clif Swiggett set the tone…”
– Ken Kraintz, CD Review

“…they have developed quite the following!
– Bob Delf, Northwest Cellars

Very highly recommended!”
– Dave Napolitan, host

“(one of) King County’s most talented performing artists.”
– Arts 4Culture, Seattle, WA

Tasting Room
“The Little Big Band plays regularly at my winery in Kirkland, and they have developed quite the following! This dynamic duo are very accomplished musicians who play big band, jazz, broadway, latin, salsa, and much more. They are the perfect fit for us, and I highly recommend them.” 
– Bob Delf, Northwest Cellars Winery

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.”


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

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

Partial Song List

Jazz & Swing
After You’ve Gone
Ain’t Misbehavin
As Time Goes By
Autumn Leaves
Beautiful Love
Body and Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cantaloupe Island
Cold Duck Time
Darn That Dream
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
How High The Moon
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I Love Paris
I Love You
I’m Old Fashioned
Mack the Knife
Make Someone Happy
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Mood Indigo
Moonlight in Vermont
My Funny Valentine
The Nearness of You
Road Song
Route 66
Side Winder
St James Infirmary
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Take the “A” Train
What is This Thing Called Love
Work Song

Armando’s Rhumba
Besame Mucho
Black Orpheus
Cha Cha Cha
Girl From Ipanema
How Insensitive
Mambo Inn
Mas Que Nada
Oye Como Va
Son De La Loma
Song For My Father
St Thomas
Um Samba

Don’t Know Why
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing
Every Breath You Take
Hey Jude
Hound Dog
I Feel Good
I Want You Back
I Wish
In My Life
Shining Star
What a Wonderful World

Baby It’s Cold Outside
Blue Christmas
Christmas is Coming
The Christmas Song
Christmas Time is Here
Frosty the Snow Man
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Jingle Bells
Linus & Lucy
My Little Drum
O’ Tannenbaum
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Silent Night
Silver Bells
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland

Wedding Ceremony
Cannon in D
Forever I Do
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
One Hand, One Heart
Trumpet Voluntary
Wedding March


Fairwood Golf and Country Club, Renton, WA
Wilridge Estate Winery, Yakima, WA
Skagit Casino Resort, Bow, WA
Rainier Golf and Country Club, Seattle, WA
Sagebrook Senior Living, Bellevue, WA
Northwest Cellars, Kirkland, WA
Silver Cloud Inn, Bellevue, WA
Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle, WA
Canlis Restaurant, Seattle, WA
Jazz at Camano Center concert series, Camano Island, WA
Bellevue Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, WA
Union Station, Tacoma, WA
Chateau Bothell Landing, Bothell, WA
The Westin Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA
Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival, Bellevue, WA
Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA
The Tasting Room, Seattle, WA
Renaissance Hotel, Seattle, WA
Three Holy Hierarchs Romanian Orthodox Church, Mountlake Terrace, WA
Bellevue Hilton, Bellevue, WA
Stoneway Cafe, Seattle, WA

Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour, Edmonds, WA
Bethel Lutheran Church, Shoreline, WA
The Royal Room, Seattle, WA
First & Bell Event Space, Seattle, WA
Active Voice Building, Seattle, WA
Gage Academy of the Arts, Seattle, WA
Central Bar + Restaurant, Bellevue, WA
Queen Anne Clubhouse, Seattle, WA
Aljoya Retirement Community, Mercer Island, WA
Brother Don’s Bar & Grill, Bremerton, WA
Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA
Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Seattle, WA
Seattle Jazz Vespers concert, Seattle First Baptist Church, WA
Horizon House, Seattle, WA
Mary Schwartz Summit, Seattle, WA
Swiftwater Cellars, Cle Elum, WA
Fairwood Golf & Country Club, Renton, WA
Chihuly Museum of Glass, Seattle, WA

and numerous private parties and corporate events


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

Stage requirements are simply a place to plug in and a performance area that is at least 6’ x 8’. The duo typically brings its own sound system, microphones, stands, and electric keyboard (if an acoustic piano is not available). 

Clif & Nelda’s little BIG Band is on the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster.​ King County arts agencies, chambers of commerce, and municipalities can apply for a 50% reimbursement of the little BIG Band performance fee. For more information, visit