Born Lusaka, Zambia, British nationality, resident in Holland.
From 1975-83 played and recorded with amongst others Gijs Hendriks (NL), Slide Hampton (USA), Kenny Drew (USA), Raul Burnet (CUR), Sonny Grey (USA), Siggi Kessler (D), Michel Herr (B), Michel Grailler (F), Joe Diorio (USA), Jan Akkerman (NL), Wim Overgaauw (NL), Stan Tracey (GB), Kenny Wheeler (CAN).
In the music of this quartet the European tradition is directly
united with the
African roots of Jazz, missing out America as it were.
(Frankfurter Rundschau 1994 about SWP 003 'Twig It' by
The percussive character of the music can be heard in the
are based on usually short, rhythmic figures and exorcistic
subtly interlock or are pleasantly irksome. An African element,
especially audible by Baird's melodic drumming.
(De Volkskrant 1995 about the Pygmees and Elephants
There are few contemporary productions where African
composition techniques and jazzy improvisations are mixed in
such a fresh
and surprising way.
(Jazz Nu 1997 about SWP 004 'On Remote Patrol' by Michael
Utrecht Deep Artment dream, chirp and swing
3511 VB Utrecht
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
Self-taught, except for afro-caribbean workshops by Raul Burnet
and a couple
of private lessons with Art Taylor.
Has led workshops in Utrecht, Rotterdam, Groningen, South
Now: some private pupils, teaching in home town Utrecht, rhythm