Swing City is a big band made up of Australia's finest young jazz musicians who all share a love of music that swings.

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Meet the hottest new sound to hit the Sydney music scene
John Morrison has co-led groups with his brother James Morrison for over 20 years and now fronts his own Gene Krupa style swing show with the finest young musicians in Australia.
 If you like your music HOT, get ready to Swing!
Many of them are band leaders in their own right and take time from their own groups to enjoy performing with SC. Formed in June 1999 by drummer John Morrison, who after spending 20 years co-leading bands with his brother James Morrison, embarked on a mission to form Australia's best swing big band.
  • John Morrison - Drums/Leader
  • Natalie Morrison - Bass
  • Matt Baker - Piano
  • Graham Conlon - Guitar
  • Anita Thomas - Alto Sax/Clarinet
  • Steve Fitzmaurice - Alto Sax/Clarinet/Bari
  • Ben Jones - Tenor Sax/Clarinet/Vocals
  • Adrian Cunningham - Tenor Sax/Clarinet
  • Roy Ferin - Trombone/Management
  • Simon Bartlett - Trombone/Vocals
  • Martin Hardy - Trombone
  • Colin Phillpott - Bass Trombone
  • Darryl Carthew - Lead Trumpet
  • Elizabeth Carthew - Trumpet/Vocals
  • Gordon Dedman - Trumpet
  • John Pennings - Trumpet
  • Catherine Hunter - Vocals
  • Crazy Legs - Dancers
Swing City at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony
The band's repertoire includes material from all the world's greatest big bands and extends from the music of Chick Webb in the 1920's through to contemporary swing material written by the band members themselves.
All the musicians play featured solos in the show accompanied by the hard swinging Art Blakey style rhythm section led by John. Darryl Carthew, the lead trumpet player, is the horn section's "secret weapon". His sound is quite simply amazing and gives the band a powerful edge.
John Morrison
"The Cat in the Hat"

John Morrison has delighted audiences for more than 25 years with his humor and dedication to sounds that swing. Equally at home in a small group or big band setting and his musical facility runs the entire spectrum from traditional jazz, to swing, Bebop, RB, Soul and commercial jazz rock
The eldest of the Morrison family, John has spent much of his musical life playing and recording with his younger brother James Morrison. At age 8, John began playing cornet in the school brass band and by the age of 10 had built his first drum set from pots and pans. In these early few years he played many different instruments and styles but jazz drumming was to be his calling. After living in New York for over 12 months in the late eighties, John and James returned home to form Australia's premier jazz big band "The Morrison Bros Big Bad Band". John widened his exposure and experience also playing with a variety of other well-known artists including James Moody, Scott Hamilton, Richie Cole, John and Jeff Clayton, Garry Dial, Jimmy Whitherspoon, Eartha Kitt, Don Burrows, George Golla, and Bob Barnard."
Further to his playing schedule, John is a musical director for Pan Pacific and heads highly successful high school jazz music camps.
He is known for his work in the recording studio both as player and producer and hosts his own "Jazz at Five" radio show on Sydney radio station FM 99.3
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  • Boogie Blues
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  • Four Brothers
  • Golden Wedding
  • Hall of The Mountain King
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  • Hot Toddy
  • Ida
  • In The Mood
  • It Must Be Jelly
  • Jumpin' at the Woodside
  • Zoot Suit Riot
  • Leave Us Leap
  • Little Brown Jug
  • Main Title Theme
  • Mid Riff
  • Moonlight Serenade
  • No Name Jive
  • Opus One
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000
  • Sing Sing Sing
  • Sister Sadie
  • St Louis Blues March
  • Stardust
  • String of Pearls
  • Sun Valley Jump
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  • Tuxedo Junction
  • Woodchoppers Ball
  • Caravan
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  • Up The Pace
  • L O V E
  • The Brothers Go To Mothers
  • Recycled Blues
  • Plain Sailin'
  • Blues For Pat
  • Can't Take My Eyes of You
  • Even The Nights Are Better
  • Generations In Jazz
  • Major Swing
  • This Madness Called Love 
  • I Still Call Australia Home
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  • Birth Of The Blues
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  • Minnie The Moocher
  • It Don't Mean A Thing
  • Ipanema
  • Hallelujah, I Love Him So
  • Cabaret Opener
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  • A Nightingale Sang
  • Blue Moon
  • Teach Me Tonight
  • Cabaret Closer
  • Laurie's Lament
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  • Drum Boogie
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Beat Me Daddy
  • How Long
  • Sister Kate
  • Beat Me Up Some Boogie
  • Kickin The Gong Around
  • Perfidia
  • Big Swing Face
  • I Can't Get Started
  • Cousins
  • Jazz Me Blues
  • Takes 2 to Tango
  • Get Happy
  • Can't We Be Friends
  • Stormy Weather
  • Mr. Better
  • A Little Bit
  • Tea For Two
  • You & Me &
  • Choo Choo Boogie
  • It Must Be Love
In the Mood for Swing
From Sydney Timeout Magazine
Hey, hep cats, it's back - in movies, on discs, via old and new bands, but mainly on dance floors - and this time around Swing is bigger than ever, writes Miranda Wood.
MORE than 50 years after the Glenn Miller Band helped the world get through it's wartime woes the swing scene is alive, jiving and bigger than ever. In the past year demand for swing music, lessons and dance venues has jumped and record shops are stocked with nostalgic hits. Our US and UK counterparts are also rediscovering swing with twenty and thirty somethings enjoying the big band sound and hip swiveling moves.
The term Swing was originally used by jazz musicians to describe Louis Armstrong's style of playing in the mid-20s when he joined the Fletcher Henderson Band but the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, is credited with kicking off the swing era in 1935. Many variations on the swing dancing theme have emerged over the decades, including the lindy hop, west coast swing, east coast swing, the jitterbug and the shag. The dances originated from specific areas, usually US cities, and each has a radically different style.
Sydney is also home to popular swing outfits. Nicknamed "the Cat in the Hat", John Morrison and his big band SWING CITY play upbeat 40s swing music with a star studded line up.
Raised in a family of swing music enthusiasts (his brother is trumpeter James Morrison), John said the swing revival in Sydney has well and truly arrived. "People love it. It's more than just great music - it's a culture," he said. "The new young dancers are looking for something a bit different and at first they don't recognise it as a blast from the past because it has its own contemporary feel to it." "At the moment, the swing dancers are following the big bands around like bees to the honey pot." At Morrison's gigs, nostalgic Sydneysiders are dressing for the occasion, with men in zoot suits and women in cocktail frocks. Many RSL clubs are providing big band music on Sunday afternoons and Sydney swing enthusiasts believe swing nightclubs will open in the near future mirroring the revival in the US.
So, what are you waiting for? Men, grab a colourful zoot suit and, ladies, twirl the night away because in the words of swing legend Duke Ellington, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing".

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