Jim Swinnerton – Double base – Jim is possibly the youngest double bass man on the UK traditional jazz scene. A very talented and energetic acoustic bass player in the old style, his parents has always been keen jazzers and he grew up with jazz records constantly on the turntable. His father Jack Swinnerton was an influential and famous jazz promoter in the 50’s and 60’s, running the famous MSG in Manchester and responsible for bringing many well known US musicians to the UK from Red Allen to George Lewis. Jim’s first instrument was a clarinet when he was only 8 but he bought his own bass at the ripe old age of 18 – about 7 years ago. After only one year he joined the Sun Street Stompers in Lancaster. He is now in great demand and amongst others is with Martin Bennetts Old Green River Band, Bill Bailey. He has also played with Phil Mason and Richard Bennett. Jim’s mentors are Pops Foster, Al Morgan and Slow Drag Pavageau.