Meet the Band
Suzanne's past careers vary considerably from running a Domestic Violence Helpline to teaching mathematics at an Adult Residential College. In 2005 she decided to quit the rat race and devote herself to her love of music. Suzanne combined this with her teaching qualifications to start a new career. Prieviously she ran OPUS School of Music but now she has decided to work from home where she teaches singing and piano. Please visit www.suzannejjames.com for more information about tuition with Suzanne.
Suzanne explored singing through a variety of genres of music, such as folk, ABBA, Choral and Trad jazz. She also consistently won awards for her high standards in various Music Theatre exams.However, it was not until she trained with Tina May (Jazz Diva) and also with Anita Wardell (Be Bop queen) that Suzanne truly found her own style.
Suzanne's real passion is for anything Jazz or Swing, and when she and Simon (trumpet) decided to put Swingamathing together, they knew they were onto something good!Suzanne admits singing with Swingamathing is the best thing around; singing the music she loves and making an audience smile.What more could she ask for?Suzanne and Simon can also be found on a Monday evening playing at the Jazz Preservation Society at the Norfolk Arms at Ringinglow, Sheffield.
Simon (Too Funky) James has been playing music for as long as he can remember.He is passionate about swing, jazz and funk, and has played in a wide variety of bands. With Swingamathing, he plays trumpet and flugel horn but with other bands he is often seen giving it some on keyboards, trombone, tuba, souzaphone or even tambourine!
Recently graduating from Leeds College of Music's prestigious jazz program with a BA (Hons) degree, freelance professional saxophonist and educator Dan Barker-Bey has long been involved in musical performance. Long-time admirier of greats such as Kenny G, Ray Draper and Artie Shaw, trained in the discipline of classical piano since the age of 6, and transferring to saxophone aged 11, he's amassed well over a decade worth of expert tuition and musical experience that Dan continues to draw upon and consolidate with every performance. He is currently cementing a growing reputation in northern musical circles, whilst being involved in a number of exciting new creative projects.
Saxophone, clarinet and occasional vocals: Dave
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Tom Sharp's musical career has spanned instrument groups, genres, and periods. As a singer, he has performed as a soloist with prestigious choral socieites across the country, has taken lead roles in opera and musicals, sings jazz with his own highly successful project 'LindyPop!' and various successful pop session recordings. As a double bass player he has played orchestrally in the Regency Sinfonia and the King's Players, as well as jazz in the award-winning trio 'White Coffee'. As a trumpet player he is in demand around the Midlands and Northeast, having recorded the premiere works of music by Peter Maxwell Davies and and original composition for the RST, and playing lead trumpet for the unbeaten BBC Big Band of the Year, MYJO. With Swingamathing he plays the piano, and generally fools around on stage!
Double Bass: Sam J
Originally from Nottingham, Sam moved north in 2009 to study composition and double bass performance at the prestigious Leeds College of Music. Since graduating in the summer or 2012, he has quickly established a burgeoning career as a freelance double bassist and bass guitarist, and regularly performs in various groups in venues all over the country
Drums and Percussion: Alasdaire
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