Primary Instrument: Drums
Chopsticks. Folks generally eat with them. Matter of fact, so does Andrew Swift. However, long before learning to eat with chopsticks, Andrew used them as makeshift drumsticks, playing on the family’s pots and pans. Unfortunately the chopsticks couldn’t stand his fervor and the lack of any other suitable drumming implements forced him into musical retirement as a small child.
Fast forward to the Fifth Grade. Andrew began at a new school that had a band program. Imagine Andrew’s delight when he discovered that playing in the school band occasionally meant missing academic class time. Never being one to adopt an irresolute attitude, he immediately spoke to the band director who said that the band could use another drummer. That was it. Andrew Swift was going to play the drums....
...a talented instrumentalist to watch... Barry Bassis, New York Resident Magazine
They say you can begin to judge the talent, and character of a musician by the company that they keep. Well if that is the case, Australian transplant drummer Andrew Swift has a lot going for him. Jeff Krow, AudiophileAudition.com
Drummer Andrew Swift belongs to a new generation of jazz artists that includes trumpeter Ryan Kisor and multi-instrumentalists Sharel Cassity and Michael Dease, all of whom...are well trained and steeped in tradition. However, tradition does not own their collective souls. All compose with a bright edge of intelligence and perform in the same way. C.Michael Bailey, AllAboutJazz.com
Swift’s compositions have, for the most part, distinctive and sometimes complex melody lines with an air of excitement at fast tempos and skill and passion on the ballads. George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon
“Swift...provided potent propulsion elsewhere, and was appropriately reserved on brushes for 'Love's Lament,' the concert's sole ballad.” Chuck Obuchowski, The Hartford Courant
Cables, Burno and Swift are masterful in their support and knowing when to push. Richard Kamins, Steptempest.blogspot.com