Pete Swan is a drummer, producer, bandleader, educator
and author living in Tucson, Arizona.
He has studied and been inspired by his teachers; Don Worth, Mel Brown, Gary Cook, Jeff Hamilton and Artt Frank. He has performed with a long list of notable artists
including: Bud Shank, Bob Florence, Doug Webb, John
Clayton, Terrell Stafford, The Clayton –Hamilton Jazz
Orchestra, Bill Mays, Bob Mover, Kristin Korb, Judy
Roberts, Greg Fishman and many others.
As a producer and co-producer he has put together
hundreds of shows, including New Year’s Eve with Rick
Braun, as part of Swanrise productions, and jazz shows
with Ali Ryerson, Marcus Printup, Mike Eckroth, Emmett
Cohen, Greg Abate, Mark Pompe, Greg Fishman and
Judy Roberts and many others.
He is the leader and drummer of Big Band Express,
featuring some of the top professionals in the Southwest
producing shows dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich,
and Frank Sinatra.
As a Tucson musician he is playing in several venues with
the very best musicians on a weekly basis. He ran one of
the longest running jam sessions at the Old Pueblo Grill
for over 13 years and has played with all the top players in
Tucson in countless situations.
For over 20 years he was on the faculty at the Bud Shank
Jazz Workshop and then Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port
Townsend Washington, performing in a trio with Reuel
Lubag and bassist Kristin Korb behind artists such as Bill
Mays, Nancy King and many others.
He co-wrote the Essentials of Be-Bop Drumming with
drummer and mentor Artt Frank, long time drummer with
Chet Baker on Schaffner Press.
Pete is also is on the faculty at the Tucson Jazz Institute, one of the top jazz programs in the country and enjoys teaching privately out of his home studio.