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.
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...a valuable sideman... Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes Magazine
...a talented instrumentalist to watch... Barry Bassis, New York Resident
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,
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