Dick Lee's Swingtet featuring Alison Affleck
All fine professionals, each taking their turn in the spotlight with skilled solos and riffing cheerfully around their ensemble parts.
- Dick Lee - Clarinet, Saxophone
- Anne Evans - Flute, Bass Flute
- Marcus Ford - Guitar
- Mike Nisbet - Guitar
- Owen MacDonald - Double Bass
- Alison Affleck - Vocals
Music from the Golden Age of Jazz - classic tunes by the likes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Glenn Miller et al.
Ali's speciality is the songs of Billie Holiday, and also the songs of other great jazz vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Annette Hanshaw etc.
Dick Lee's hot 6-piece swing band, featuring classic tunes by the likes of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Glenn Miller et al., swung by Mike Nisbet and Marcus Ford (guitars), Owen MacDonald (bass), Anne Evans (flute, bass flute) and Dick Lee (clarinet, bass clarinet, sax, recorder), with award winning vocalist Alison Affleck, contributing her take on the great songs of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and others.
"Lee concentrates on clarinet and bass clarinet, playing with craft, imagination and not a little mischief and with two guitars and bass accompaniment that is entirely simpatico. Jazz musicians often get criticised for - apparently - playing only for themselves but Lee's presentation is entirely geared towards keeping the customer satisfied and entertained." - Rob Adams, The Herald.
"For me though, the night really hits its swing when the Swingtet's vocalist Ali Affleck takes the stage for a range of Billie Holiday classics. She has a beautiful tone, whether in up-tempo numbers like ‘Of Thee I Sing' or sadder, slower tracks like ‘Stormy Weather'. What's more, her stage manner as the frontwoman is impeccable." (5 star review, Broadway Baby)
More information, biographies and downloadable tracks are available on the band's website, www.dicklee.org.uk