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James Abud - (313) 300 - 4819
Richard Bright - (586) 344 - 7344
Swing Brother Swing is a Detroit based music project with a totally fresh sound. Formed in 2011 by spirited multi-instrumentalists Richard Bright, Daniel Meinecke, and James Abud, the band is known for its rock solid grooves, its ability to adapt to any musical situation, and its fearless exploration of style and genre. They've dazzled audiences with all manner of performances in venues ranging from the humblest roadside dives to the most posh upscale bistros and concert halls. Firmly grounded in jazz, the band manages to fit in every style they can lay hands on, as comfortable with Mambos, Montunos, Ballades, Valses, Gypsy Musics, and Musettes, as with rock, blues, R&B, funk, soul and fusion.
Richard Bright was first inspired to play music while watching his father play the guitar. Picking up the trumpet at 10 years old, Bright played in many different ensemble situations, including wind ensembles and chamber groups. He picked up the bass guitar a couple years later and began playing with the school’s jazz band. Falling in love with jazz music, Bright borrowed an upright bass and began taking lessons with a local teacher with a Doctorate in Bass Performance. An avid arranger and composer, Bright gets the most joy from hearing his compositions played for an audience.
Daniel Meinecke started playing piano in the second grade. He started taking classical piano lessons with Denise Hauden. Growing up he tried out other instruments such as drums and electric bass, all the while taking classical piano lessons. He became interested in jazz and after a summer jazz camp experience at Ohio State University he sought out Gene Parker, an established jazz musician in the Toledo/Detroit area to take lessons with. After four years of high school studying both classical and jazz he attended Wayne State University with a concentration in Jazz Studies. At WSU he met Richard Bright and formed the band En Pointe. Daniel gigs in the Detroit area playing jazz but also plays at churches in the Toledo area every Sunday morning.
James Abud is a lifelong performer. Coming from a background of multiple generations of musicians, he began his musical training at 3 years old, and began performing alongside his Oud playing father at 5. He went from performing traditional arabic music to rock, jazz and classical music. As a guitarist, Abud has played in almost every musical situation imaginable, from concert halls to seedy bars, churches, theaters and campfires. He performs regularly on the guitar, banjo, ukelele, and percussion, and sings all the while. An accomplished composer, he's composed two scores for film, three for theatrical productions, and one video game, as well as dozens of tunes and several pieces for chamber and full orchestras.