About Us

Types of music we play.

The unique format of two seven string guitars plus the tenor saxophone gives a rich warm and full sound whilst still maintaining the intimate setting of a jazz trio. With a combined experience of over 50 years in the music business Paul, Martin and Jasper will create the perfect atmosphere for your special event.

Destination Swing are perfectly suited for the following:

  • Weddings
  • Corporate events
  • Private engagements
  • Wine tastings
  • Product launches
  • Parties

In fact whatever the occasion we will ensure your event goes with a swing!


 

Paul Hill - jazz guitarist.

Paul has been a professional guitarist all his working life and has built up a very successful career in both performing and teaching. Author of critically acclaimed book ‘The Paul Hill Guitar Theory And Technique Book’, Paul is also an international examiner for the London College of Music and is frequently asked to conduct seminars at major institutions. In November 2010, Paul became the first ever person to pass the FLCM Jazz Guitar Performance Diploma. Fellowship of the London College of Music is the highest diploma awarded by London College of Music and Thames Valley University.

Paul’s book is now available on the iBookstore:

Available on the iTunes bookstore.

 

 

The Paul Hill Guitar Theory And Technique Book also has a website with supporting videos and a great deal of extra content that is regularly being added. Please visit guitartheoryandtechniquebook.com to find out more information.

When playing live, Paul draws from experience in many styles. Beginning on the classical guitar, he has played in many popular rock bands, theatres up and down the country, guitar demonstrations at major music shows, international jazz festivals and has played with some great musicians. Paul’s primary instrument is his BJH 7 string that has been custom built by his father, Bryan Hill. Primarily jazz, his guitar work branches out into many other styles and he also has many other musical projects in which he is involved. More information regarding Paul’s various projects can be found at norfolkweddingguitarist.co.uk

To read more about Paul, visit the Paul’s personal site – http://www.paulhill.biz.


 

Jasper Smith

Inspired to take up the instrument during the Punk movement of the 70’s, Jasper’s later playing influences included rock virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore and Jason Becker. A desire to explore the harmonic possibilities of the instrument led to Jasper studying the playing of Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Hank Garland and many other great players. In 1995 Jasper was one the first players to be awarded the new LLCM Teacher’s Diploma from the London college of music for whom he is now an examiner. Jasper currently has two pieces in the classical syllabus for the LCM and his suite ‘Five Pictures of Norfolk’ is due to be published shortly.

In 2001 Jasper’s quartet toured for Rural Arts East as part of the East Coast Festival and amongst others he has performed with Digby Fairweather, Diz Dizley and Jack Parnell. In a rock context he has played at Earls Court and the N.E.C for the Radio One road show.

To read more about Jasper, visit www.jaspersmith.com.


 

Martin Eaton

Martin has been playing the saxophone for nearly 40 years in all kinds of ensembles. After leaving school he joined the Royal Artillery Band where he played every kind of music imaginable from classical to pop. After leaving the army he became a freelance musician playing numerous summer seasons and casual gigs all over the country.

Recent years have been spent playing in a variety of small jazz groups in the East of England including festival gigs and many jazz club appearances both as a vocalist and saxophonist. He also teaches woodwind for the Norfolk Music Education Service. In 2007 as acting director of The Norfolk Schools Jazz Orchestra he led them to the finals of Music For Youth at The Birmingham Conservatoire.

He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the classic standard tunes, rarely needing to use printed music and is a melodic player in the style of Stan Getz, Zoot Sims with a particular love of ballad playing. At present he has three main musical projects – The Martin Eaton Sextet ,playing tunes from the swing era and singing songs associated with Louis Jordan and Nat King Cole, The Pinewood Saxophone Quartet playing widely diverse music and of course Destination Swing playing the standard tunes from the last century.

On May 6th he (along with 200 others) will be taking part in Andy Shepard’s Saxophone Massive at The Norfolk & Norwich Festival


 

Setting the standards.