Meet the Band
In the 1970’s he played mandolin/ fiddle and recorded with The Katie Laur Band in Cincinnati when the band was hitting the bluegrass festival circuit, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and “A Prairie Home Companion.” He went on to record two albums with Bluegrass legend Mac Wiseman. Jeff has also worked and recorded with Wayne Lewis and played with Rockabilly’s Charlie Feathers.
It was during his time with The Katie Laur Band that Jeff first heard the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s “Hot Club of France.” Their music became an all absorbing passion for Jeff. He started playing violin with Cincinnati’s Akoustikats, a band that performed a variety of music, including original songs and “Hot Club” tunes.
After moving to California in the 1980’s, Jeff continued playing a range of music – bluegrass, folk, country, Rockabilly, and, of course, swing – with such bands as Red Dust, The Wildfire Band, The Prairie Rose Band, The Vintage Swing Ensemble, LaVay Smith & The Red Hot Skillet Lickers, The Quake City Jug Band and The Swing Monkeys.
Self-taught, Claudia played guitar in her room all by herself for most of her formative years. Later, she jammed with friends and busked acoustically in various European cities, relying on a repertoire of Motown hits, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, a bit of Hank Williams and the singer-songwriters of the 70’s.
Later, she picked up the electric guitar and with the help of Craigslist, played in a number of rock bands gigging in the East Bay and San Francisco: Fugitive Glue Spot, Planet Rockz, The Sign, Jumbo Shrimp & the Prawns, and The Graceland Girls.
While she still plays in various pick-up rock bands, Claudia now focuses mainly on acoustic swing music, adding her unique rhythm styles to Hot Club and swing tunes.
Lynda was born In San Francisco into a very musical family, where she and all her siblings played multiple instruments, starting with the piano at age four, violin at six, and stand up bass at twelve. Lynda’s father was a professional jazz musician but she was trained classically. She played in school orchestras through high school, but her claim to fame was the opportunity to become Arthur Fielder’s first, first chair woman bass player at a music camp in summer of 1967.
She took a long hiatus from playing bass until the late 1990’s where she took the bass out of the closet and dusted it off and played in the musical, “The Music Man”. For many years she jammed with a multitude of musicians covering a wide variety of musical styles including folk, rock, country, bluegrass and jazz. But it was jazz that inspired her the most so she decided to further her musical studies at the Berkeley School of Jazz studying both jazz piano and bass.
Lynda was introduced to the members of Swingularity! in fall of 2014, and feels very blessed to have found her musical home.