The Little Big Band

Since its formation over ten years ago, Swingmania has
performed as a jazz duo, trio and, more recently, a quartet, at a wide variety of functions and venues including wakes and weddings.

The Swingmania repertoire, which originally consisted of jazz standards from the 20’s to the 50’s, has grown to include blues and rhythm and blues. Many Latin standards including mambo, cha cha, samba and bossa nova rhythms have been added to the extensive repertoire.

Some humorous swing arrangements of material by the Beatles, the Kinks and others are occasionally played, depending on the mood of the audience.

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Swingmania has performed in jazz programs at various hotels, including the Albion, the Star, Bonnells Bay, Sea Breeze, Wickham Park, Bradford and the Oceanview, and many clubs including Kotara Bowling Club, Merewether RSL, Budgewoi Soccer Club, Central Coast Recreation Club, Summerland Point Sports Club, Lemon Tree Passage Bowling Club, Hamilton Gallipoli Club, Club Nova,
Hamilton Bowling Club, Royal Motor Yacht Club, Toronto, Red Head Bowling Club’ Catherine Hill Bay Bowling Club, Nelson Bay Recreation and Bowling Club, and Nelson Bay Golf Club. Swingmania performances have included a lake cruise for the friends of the Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery, a festival in the Old Maitland Gaol, and New Years Eve festivities at the Landmark Resort Restaurant, Nelson Bay, a function at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, a wedding at Milano’s on the Lake, a corporate Christmas function at The Source Restaurant, Hamilton Food and Wine Festival, Sydney Harbour Jazz Cruise and a function at the Imax Restaurant, Darling Harbour. More recently Swingmania has performed at the Newcastle Markets, New Lambton Fair, King Street Fair, Wallsend Christmas Festival and Darby Street Fair. Swingmania Duo is currently into its second year of a residency at “The Other Place” Restaurant, Hamilton.


David Baker - Guitarist and vocalist, has an extensive musical career, initially in Sydney, including a four year residency with a jazz/ rock fusion band in Sydney’s Rocks district, a residency with a salsa band at the Hopetoun Hotel, Surrey Hills, and a residency at North Sydney’s Asian Food Market with the jazz guitar duo, Metrognomes. He performed with several bands at NSW Conservatorium Jazz Concerts. Since moving to Newcastle eight years ago he has worked extensively as a solo restaurant performer, and with bands including Jazz Serenade and Latin band, Poco Loco. He is currently performing with The Tiger Ragtime Jazz Band, Moondog Blues Band and After Three. David has performed at the Mayfield Blues Festival, Berry Blues Festival, Newcastle Jazz Festival, Dungog Jazz Festival, Merimbula Jazz Festival and frequently at the Morpeth Jazz Festival. He wrote and performed in the Jazz Cabaret productions, “Funny Valentine” and “The Speakeasy.”

Manny Serrano - on trumpet, saxophone, flute and vocals, has many years of experience in the Newcastle music scene, including the 70’s club band, Nodes Levity and seven years with Latinova. Manny’s many jazz credits include big band Sophisticated Swing, Latin bands Poco Loco and The Capuccinos, and appearances with Wobbly Boot, Jazz Serenade. Manny has played with James Morrison, backed Sue Cruikshank and has performed at the CONDA Awards. 

Marcus Holdsworth double bass player extraordinaire and backing vocalist, is a frequent performer at the Merimbula Jazz Festival and in the orchestra pit of numerous musical productions. Usually seen playing his hugeand unique 120-year-old German 7/8th double bass, Marcus also plays electric bass, tuba and trombone. Marcus also performs with “After Three”, is a member of “The Tiger Ragtime Jazz Band”, and has performed in the Jazz Cabaret productions, “Funny Valentine” and “The Speakeasy”.

Other personnel and instrumentation can be added to suit the client’s needs, but usually includes Tom Rowell on trombone and tuba.