Lloyd Swanton

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Tunes by Lloyd Swanton

  • A-Kah-Hah
    Latin · 1990-2000 · Medium · Instrumental · G · 4/4
  • Big Moon
    Straight · 1990-2000 · Medium · Instrumental · C · 4/4
  • Blues on the Prairie
    Blues · 1990-2000 · Medium · Instrumental · Bb · 4/4
  • Curl
    Latin · 1990-2000 · Medium · Instrumental · C · 4/4
  • Oaxaca
    Latin · 2000-2010 · Easy · Instrumental · Eb · 4/4
  • Skin on Skin
    Ballad · 1990-2000 · Medium · Instrumental · C · 4/4
  • Turnover
    Straight · 1990-2000 · Medium · Instrumental · G · 4/4


Described by Billboard Magazine as "an outstanding and imaginative Australian bassist and composer", Lloyd Swanton was born into a large and musical family in Sydney in 1960.

His long-running group, The catholics, has released seven albums, all produced and predominantly composed by him, with three receiving ARIA Award nominations. Their album Simple was nominated for the German Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Award.

Overseas exposure in nearly 40 countries with numerous groups includes countless performances throughout Europe, Canada, the USA, Mexico, India, Cuba, New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.

Swanton is a three-time winner of Best Bassist in the Australian Jazz and Blues Awards.

International artists with whom he has performed throughout Australia include Dewey Redman, Nat Adderly, Clifford Jordan, Vincent Herring, Sting, Jimmy Witherspoon, Margie Evans, Sheila Jordan, Billy Harper, Barney Kessel, Andrew Hill, George Coleman Jr., John Hicks & Carlos Ward, Darrell Grant, Gary Bartz, Phillip Johnston, Jim Black, Tobias Delius and Marilyn Crispell.

Lloyd appears on over ninety albums, including several ARIA Award winners, and has produced four ARIA Award winners by Bernie McGann. Over eighty of his compositions or co-compositions appear on record.

He has composed film and TV scores, including The Beat Manifesto, winner of an Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award for Best Short Film Soundtrack.

For the past twelve years, Lloyd Swanton has hosted Mixed Marriage, a very popular radio program which examines crossings of jazz with other musical styles, on Eastside Radio in Sydney. Listen here.

In his spare time, Lloyd is an avid follower of Australian Football, and a keen collector of Australian Aboriginal art, ice crushers, modernist ceramics, and books on Fellini. He is also gathering historical information on the WWII Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Ambon, where his uncle Stuart died, and on his distant ancestor Theodore Deck, a leading name in 19th Century French ceramics.