Tom Mitchell is a hard driving swing/jazz guitar player and singer. His "true to style" interpretations of this music make him a much sought after performer and teacher. From 1993 –2002 Tom toured with the legendary recording artist Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks across the United States and around the world. He played guitar on "Beatin' The Heat," the acclaimed CD release by Dan Hicks on Surfdog Records featuring guest appearances from Bette Midler, Ricki Lee Jones, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Brian Setzer. In March 2003, Tom was awarded the first annual "Musician to Musician" Grant given by Chamber Music Annapolis. This grant enabled him to spend a month in Holland studying with master Gypsy guitarist, Fapy Lafertin. Tom's love of swing guitar shines brightly through his playing and his extensive knowledge and appreciation of jazz history and tradition, teamed with a whimsical improvisational style.
Award-winning bassist John Previti grew up in the Southern Maryland-D.C. area during the early sixties, immersed in the region’s bubbling cauldron of musical styles: swing, country, jazz, R&B, soul and the roots of rockabilly. His first recording as a leader, “Swinging Lullabies For My Rosetta”, on the Mapleshade label, has received tremendous reviews. Other Mapleshade recordings include a Tribute to Danny Gatton with Big Joe Mayer and Joe Stanley, and a swing session with John Cocuzzi, Alan Vaché and Big Joe. Over the years, John has won a number of awards for his rare talent, including WAMA "Wammie" awards for Musician of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, and Album of the Year.