Steve Swallow

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1990s 2000s


4 October 1940, Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA. Swallow started out on trumpet, then took up the double bass at the age of 18. At college he played bebop with Ian Underwood (later saxophonist with Frank Zappa). In 1960, he joined the Paul Bley Trio, later working with Jimmy Giuffre, Art Farmer and George Russell and winning the DownBeat critics’ poll as new star in 1964. In June 1965 he joined the Stan Getz Quartet, with which he played until 1967. Between 1967 and 1970, he was in Gary Burton’s quartet and between 1970 and 1973 he played in San Francisco with pianists Art Lande and Mike Nock before returning to work with Burton. Since the early 70s he has played intermittently with Mike Gibbs, but has worked most regularly with Carla Bley (his current partner). In 1979 Swallow set music to poems by Robert Creeley for the album Home (he worked with the poet again in the early 00s, recording material that was released following Creeley’s death on So...

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