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Dick Lee's Swingtet - Biographies

Dick Lee

saxes, clarinets and recorders

Dick's musical career as performer and composer has encompassed classical, rock, jazz, traditional, and much that does not fit easily into any particular category.

As performer on saxes, clarinets and recorders he has played live and on recordings and broadcasts with many artists and groups including the Hebrides Ensemble, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Michael Marra Band, John Renbourn, Ken Mathieson's Classic Jazz Orchestra, Hamish Moore and Hillee's Elastic Band. Dick's own groups include Chamber Jazz, winners of the BBC Radio 2 National Big Band Competition, and two new bands, Dr. Lee's Prescription and Dick Lee's Swingtet.

In 2002 Dick received the prestigious Creative Scotland Award, which resulted in a 5 movement piece for orchestra and traditional instruments, Airts, and more recently his Dalriada, for the same instrumental forces, won the Scottish Centres of Excellence Composers' Competition. More information and samples of Dick's music can be found at www.dicklee.org.uk

Mike Nisbet
electric guitar

Mike Nisbet is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He plays jazz guitar in various groups and has performed throughout Europe.

As well as playing with the Swingtet Mike is also a member of Dr. Lee's Prescription, The Alex Yellowlees Hot Club, The Guitar Duo, The Chip Jazz Trio and The Jazz Bar Big Band.

He has performed in numerous international festivals such as
The Montreux Jazz Festival,
The Northern Italy International Jazz Festival,
The Shetland Music Festival and
The Edinburgh Jazz Festival.

Mike also regularly plays with a wide number of members of the jazz community in venues throughout Scotland and further afield.

Marcus Ford
acoustic guitar

Over the years Marcus has recorded and performed alongside some of the world’s top jazz artists including Jim Mullen and Martin Taylor. He will also be known for his duo performances with vocalist Niki King. The duo toured extensively with performances in Germany, Switzerland and the UK including The 606, Pizza Express and the Vortex in London. Other appearances include Shetland Folk Festival, Moods Jazz Club Zurich, and live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland and three tours to China with vocalist Alison Burns.

 Whilst it is tempting as a guitarist to emulate horn players with blistering single note runs, Marcus is influenced by a more orchestral approach afforded by the classical guitar. His tastefully luxurious tone, lush harmony, and full swinging sound have become a trademark of his playing.

Owen MacDonald
double bass

Owen Macdonald is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He has performed extensively across the UK, from London and the South Coast of England to The Hebrides and Orkney Isles, with further appearances on radio and television. 

Having established an association with the Edinburgh jazz scene over three decades, Owen continues to be in demand as a musician, both as bassist with a diverse selection of jazz groups, and as occasional arranger/musical director, most recently for local vintage group Vieux Carré. 

He has performed with leading names including Colin Steele, Phil Bancroft, Freddie King, Brian Kellock, and of course Dick Lee, as well as performing with classic jazz ensembles led by Jim Petrie and Dave Keir.  He has also toured with Fat Sam’s Band and played with visiting bands including The Jive Aces who were recently featured on “Britain’s Got Talent”. 

Owen has performed in several shows and orchestral settings and for the last decade has underpinned the Edinburgh Gang Show Orchestra at the King’s Theatre. In his spare time Owen works in academia at the University of Edinburgh, and also 'enjoys' building IKEA flat-packed furniture.

Ali Affleck

With comparisons to Peggy Lee and the vocal styling of of a young 
'optimistic' Billie Holliday...vocalist Ali Affleck loves to share the stage and revels in the artistry of her band.

Adding a bona fide seal of approval to the quality of performance, the grandson of Ralph Rainger praised her by stating that his grandfather "would have greatly enjoyed the wonderfully effortless way you sing,"

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