"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
After breaking the family chopsticks playing on pots and pans as a small child, Andrew Swift took up the drums at age 9. He studied at the Australian National University and developed a reputation as an up-and-coming drummer to watch on the Australian jazz scene before moving to New York in the late 90’s.
Dubbed “a valuable sideman” by Bill Milkowski in JazzTimes magazine, Swift has put his skills to good use, having shared the stage as a drummer with veterans and newcomers alike such as George Cables, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Stewart, Peter Bernstein, Sharel Cassity, and Michael Dease.
In 2012, Swift released his debut CD as a leader, Swift Kick, which finds him in the good company of George Cables, Ryan Kisor, Eric Alexander, Dwayne Burno, and Wycliffe Gordon. Described by AllAboutJazz.com as “smart jazz that does not brag or indulge in over composition or arrangement”, Swift Kick reached #13 on the JazzWeek radio charts in the US, and ranked #58 on JazzWeek’s list of Top 100 Albums of 2012.
Aside from performing regularly in the clubs of New York City, Swift has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Lake George Jazz Festival, and the Sydney Opera House, and his drumming can be heard on T.V. commercials for Select Sector SPDRs. Swift loves to cook and now that he uses drumsticks to play the drums, he often eats with chopsticks.