Lloyd Swanton

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Lloyd Swanton
Lloyd Swanton performing with the Necks (2015) in Aarhus, Denmark
Background information
Birth name Lloyd Stuart Swanton
Born (1960-08-14) August 14, 1960 (age 58)
Sydney, Australia
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Double bass, bass guitar
Associated acts Dynamic Hepnotics, The Necks
Lloyd Swanton 2012

Lloyd Stuart Swanton (born 14 August 1960) is an Australian jazz double bassist, bass guitarist, and composer.[1]

Swanton was a member of Dynamic Hepnotics in 1986[2] and co-founded jazz trio The Necks in 1987 with Chris Abrahams and Tony Buck.[3]


In 1987 he co-founded jazz trio The Necks with Chris Abrahams on keyboards and Tony Buck on drums.[4] In 1991 he formed his own group, The Catholics. He has performed solo improvisation concerts on double bass. Swanton has performed with The Benders, Clarion Fracture Zone, Sydney Symphony, Vince Jones, Alpha Centauri Ensemble, the Mighty Reapers, the Seymour Group, Tim Finn, Stephen Cummings and Wendy Matthews. He was also a long-serving member of the Bernie McGann Trio and the Bernie McGann Quartet.

As well as music for his own bands, Swanton has composed several film soundtracks. For many years Swanton hosted the radio show Mixed Marriage on Eastside Radio in Sydney, a weekly program looking at crossings of jazz with other musical styles.[5]


  1. ^ "Swanton, Lloyd (Stuart)". Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. jazz.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  2. ^ McFarlane 'Dynamic Hepnotics' entry. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  3. ^ McFarlane 'Chris Abrahams' entry. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  4. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) NECKS, THE Archived 2014-12-19 at the Wayback Machine. entry. Retrieved 21 February 2010. Note: he is named Loyd [sic] Swanton here.
  5. ^ EastSide FM show archive[1]
  6. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 

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