Back to the Casino! 

Good news - we'll be returning to the Casino San Clemente!  Things are opening up a little and they are putting on some more dates, in the hope that a regular jazz series can be scheduled soon.  The date is Saturday, June 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. ( two sets ).  It will be an outdoor event, held in the Rock Garden behind the Casino Building, and dinner will be available for purchase.  The best news is that I'll be able to use the full group, and I hope to have all of my regular members.  More details very soon - we hope that you can join us!

New Venmo link 

Hello everyone!  I've just set up a Venmo business account, which will allow you to purchase our three recordings, plus downloads of our latest one Still Swingin'!  I think this is an easier way to go at the moment, as I have a personal Venmo account already and it's easy to use.  I plan on fulfilling these orders directly, so if you are still needing some of our great swingin' music please contact me;

Here's the direct Venmo link:

For ordering inquiries please contact me here or at the band email address

or at the Jim Ziegler or The Swingsations Facebook pages.

Thanks for your support!

Thankful for a great gig 

Yes, it was a fun gig at the Casino San Clemente last Saturday night - we had an audience of 42 people outdoors and they were very appreciative, giving us a very generous tip at the end.  Despite the cool weather the crowd hung in there.  I want to thank Tom Hynes and Dave Eastly for their fine musical support on this trio gig ( I wish I could have used the full group, but  budget and health restrictions wouldn't allow it ).  Also a big thank you to Linda Sadeghi and the staff at the Casino for being terrific hosts and for all their help - so nice to work for them!  We wish them continued success in keeping music alive, and hope to be back again.  Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

Casino gig coming up! 

Yes, a real gig is coming up this Saturday night - I'm so happy to be able to perform again.  We'll be at The Casino San Clemente as part of the Dinner Under The Stars Series, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. November 21.  This will be a trio gig due to budget and health/distancing restrictions ( think of it as "The Mini Swingsations" ), and I'm pleased to have regular members Tom Hynes on guitar and Dave Eastly on bass and vocals with me.  We'll be outside in the garden due to the recent health directive changes - it may be a little cool, but between the great food and our music we'll do our best to keep you all warm:)  Tickets are still available, and we hope that you'll consider joining us and help keep jazz music alive during these trying times.  Check out the calendar section here, or my Facebook page ( The Swingsations ).  Thank you!

At last - a gig! 

Yes, we will be performing again, and I'm very happy to be doing so.  We'll be at The Casino San Clemente on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 7:00-9:00 pm, as part of the Dinner Under The Stars At The Casino series.  It's a socially distanced event, with good food and our great music.  I'll be doing it with a trio version of my group, due to budget and health restrictions.  I'm happy to say that my regulars Tom Hynes and Dave Eastly will be there.  we hope that you can join us!  For more information please visit the calendar section here or my Facebook page The Swingsations.  Thank you!

Checking in again 

Hello again, sorry that it's been awhile.  I hope that all of you are well and staying positive while we wait out this crisis.  With no gigs to play, I'll continue to post videos of myself playing some of my favorite tunes.  I'm posting them first on my Facebook page (Jim Ziegler) and then to the band page (The Swingsations), but am also posting them here in the Photo/Video section.  I hope that you enjoy them, and I look forward to the day when I and the band can perform for you again.  Thanks, and take care.

Hello out there 

I'm sorry that I haven't posted in a while, as I've been teaching my school band classes remotely, and other family duties have come up.  I hope that all of you are safe and well, and continue to know that this crisis will end.  I had a little "chop trouble" lately as well, but things are improving and I'm happy to say that I'm able to play again with some strength - so I hope to make some more trumpet solo videos and post them here and on Facebook.  In the meantime, I'm waiting for CDBaby's warehouse to reopen so that they can resume sending out my physical CDs.  Digital downloads are of course available for Still Swingin' and also for Swingers and Novelties.  Well, take care everyone, and I hope to see you again soon.

Some videos 

In this time of isolation I've decided to make short videos of me playing some nice tunes - I hope to eventually do some videos with singing and playing and also with accompaniment.  I'm putting them out on Facebook and also transferring them here.  They are under the Photos/Videos tab here on the website.  Please give them a listen, and I hope that you enjoy them.  Thank you!

Stay positive and keep swingin'! 

Hello everyone! In these uncertain times when we don't know what will happen next, it's good to remember that our country has survived many a tragedy, hardship, and crisis, and we will make it through this as well.  I hope that you're finding ways to stay positive and keep ur minds active.  As you know, music is a great way to help us forget our problems for a while.  If you haven't already and would like, please consider checking out my recordings here, and consider a CD purchase or a download.  They are all available on CDBaby - please follow the direct link here on this website.  If you already have our recordings, please tell your friends.  Thank you so much, and take care.

Casino gig postponed 

I am sorry to tell you that our gig at Casino San Clemente (April 1) for the Spring into Jazz Series has been postponed, due to concerns over the virus and containing its spread.  I've been assured that the series will go on at a later date, so I will keep you all informed.  Until then, be well and stay confident - we'll be together again soon.  Thank you!