Dave Swift

Born in Wolverhampton (England), Dave Swift’s introduction to music was influenced by his two older brothers, who both played guitar. Swift’s musical literacy and playing ability developed quickly during his adolescent years. Unable to find a teacher, Swift taught himself both acoustic and electric bass to an exceptional standard and turned professional at the age of 18.

With his excellent sight-reading skills and ability to play any style of music, Dave became an in demand session bassist after moving to London in 1988. Swift continued to work as a session musician, building both an elaborate repertoire of jazz, blues and pop and strong improvisatory prowess. Then in 1991, he auditioned for a position to play with Jools Holland, taking over the formidable roll from the renowned bassist Pino Palladino. Since that audition, Swift has been Jools Holland’s full time bass player.

In his rich career, spanning over three decades, Dave Swift has played for an array of renowned artists from George Benson and Chaka Khan to Eric Clapton and Paul Simon. With features on 7 double platinum selling albums, Dave Swift elevates the portfolio of other artists like no other.

Over the years Swift has performed at many prestigious events, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Dubai International Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Amnesty International, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Glastonbury Music Festival, and a G8 Conference for world leaders, which included former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and President Bill Clinton. Previously, Swift has been the in-house bassist for Chris Evans’s primetime Saturday night TV show, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, Name That Tune on Channel 5 and for the Johnny Vaughan Tonight series on BBC3. Since their inception, Dave Swift has performed on both the BBC TV show, Later…with Jools Holland, and the Jools Holland Show on BBC Radio 2.

Where there is music, there is Dave Swift!

Dave Swift has been a long time Fishman artist who uses the
Fishman Full Circle Upright Bass pickup and Platinum Pro EQ Preamp.

For more information, music and tour dates, visit Dave’s website.

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