links of interest

Bob Ravenscroft is an accomplished Jazz piano player and former teacher at Swain Music Studios. is home to Bob's Independant Jazz Record Label.
Don Robin is a former student of Alan Swain's who now teaches Piano in the San Fransisco Bay area.
In addition to teaching piano for Swain Studios, Dave Flippo is involved in a variety of musical projects ranging from his Global Jazz group to writing for Musicals. You can learn more about Dave and his music on his personal site.
Martin Metzger is a versatile guitarist and composer from Evanston, Illinois. He currently teaches private lessons at Baker Demonstration School and with his own studio, Metzger Music Studio.
In addition to teaching Guitar for Swain Music Studios, Martin Metzger also teaches yoga and meditation, privately and for groups and corporations. All levels. is dedicated to the study of jazz improvisation. This site features original content discussing various aspects of jazz improvisation, theory, licks, chords and practice tips.
For the past 20 years, Kyle Gordon, a student of Alan's in the 80's, has been one of New York City’s top call studio vocalists, and in recent years, a busy composer, producer, arranger and recording engineer.
Sam Barsh, a former student of Alan Swain, has been based in New York City since 2001, but has traveled all over the world sharing his music and the music of others. His own group, the Sam Barsh Band, performs his funky blend of jazz, r&b and slick ambient grooves.
Larry O'Connor is a former student of Alan's who has spent over 30 years as a full time professional entertainer, performing for diverse age groups and musical tastes as one of the most well-known piano bar performers in Chicago. Now residing in Denver, he brings to each event a lifetime of exposure to popular music
Todd Burleson is a professional photographer from
Winnetka, IL. He is responsible for most of the photos you see on this site.
Lonie Walker is a Chicago Jazz Legend and a former student of Alan Swain's. Lonie has owned Underground Wonder Bar and performed there with her band for almost 16 years.
One of the largest Piano retailers in the Chicago area. Kurt Saphir Pianos is located in Wilmette just south of Lake St. off of Green Bay Rd.


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