Mary Jane Swingtet
Mary Jane discovered Jazz in her late 20s whilst living in New York. Since then she hasn't looked back. Inspired by singers such as Julie London, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald Mary Jane continues to craft her form by gigging around London and training with leading Jazz musicians. Mary Jane also works as an actress and brings a real sense of connection to her performances, telling stories as she sings.
After initially floundering trying to learn to play psychedelic rock music as a teenager in his native Fife, Ienne decided that some proper lessons were in order. He quickly discovered the delights of the jazz scene in Edinburgh and also the guitar playing of Wes Montgomery. Having studied with many fine players, he now teaches jazz and classical guitar in schools in London as well as playing in a variety of ensembles, large and small.
Inspired by the guitar playing of Django Reinhardt, Barney Kessel and Joe Pass, Chris started playing guitar as a teenager and a few years later was playing in bars and restaurants to help pay his way at university and get some much appreciated free meals. In London he’s played rhythm guitar in ‘Hot Club’ bands, swing dance bands and big bands.
John started playing trumpet in Reading with the Eacott Family Band. After university he found chart success with Roman Holliday then made jazz fans annoyed as part of the anarchic big band Loose Tubes. He has composed for theatre, TV and film. Apart from playing trumpet John also teaches pop music and sailing.