Galoran Amos (soprano) is a jazz vocalist and student of psychology and music at Santa Monica College. She has studied classical voice and has sung in a variety of choirs starting in childhood and continuing through high school. More recently, stemming from her love of jazz music, she began singing with the Santa Monica College Vocal Jazz Ensemble. This group is a renowned and much-admired setting for learning and performing in the crazy world of tricky rhythms, challenging and beautiful multi-voice tight harmonies that characterize this unique musical idiom. It was here that she discovered Swing Shift – and Swing Shift discovered Galoran – and began singing with them as their lead Soprano. Her rich sonorous voice, solo skills, and scat vocalizing are among her many talents that are much-appreciated by her fellow singers and audiences alike.
Anne Palmer (soprano) comes to Swing Shift with a diverse background. She began taking private vocal training at the age of 13 with emphases in jazz and classical vocal styles. Over the years she has sung with a variety of performing ensembles including the Riverside Master Chorale, Pacific Standard Time (one of the top university vocal jazz groups in the country), Camerata Singers of Long Beach, professional Christmas caroling groups The Music Companie and The Other Reindeer along with adding her voice to many other studio projects and one-time performances. She also founded and directed E Street A Cappella at El Camino College. Among the highlights of her experiences so far have been singing in a fully staged version of Madama Butterfly at the Redlands Bowl, singing Beethoven's 9th Symphony in the Disney Concert Hall with the California Philharmonic, and recording a song at Capitol Records for a documentary film.
Janette La Bella (alto) is our beloved British import. Born in Hastings in the UK, she studied music at the Laurel’s Academy. After finishing her studies, she moved to Germany, where she auditioned for some shows with the American Military. She played Sally Bowles in Cabaret, as well at Nancy in Oliver. One of her favorite roles was Meg Brockie in Brigadoon. Her interest in group singing began with Next Monday, an a cappella group she formed. She sang with a Gospel choir in Heidelberg for seven years. In 2004, she relocated with her husband Paul to Edwards Air Force Base. She has continued her love of musical theater in SoCal, including leading parts in the Odd Couple and Noises Off. She reconnected with a cappella when she joined Swing Shift. She divides her group time with her pop/jazz quartet Just Us, which has had a successful time of it performing in the southland from Lancaster to Ventura to Malibu.
Allan F. Vasquez (tenor) is an aspiring composer, arranger, and performer studying music at Santa Monica College. After having played violin in traditional orchestras for eleven years, he has recently fallen in love with the voice and vocal jazz in the past four years. He's recently been accepted to the California Institute of the Arts for composition, which is where he will be continuing his studies in the fall of 2017. A self-proclaimed beauty-seeker in all genres of music, Allan humbly enjoys singing with Swing Shift as their token tenor. SOMEONE's gotta sing that high A!
Phil Azelton (baritone) has had a rich and varied musical career. He combines choir directing and peerless vocal jazz arranging, while bringing his mellifluous baritone to fill out Swing Shift's bottom end. Phil got into barbershop in high school. Smitten with the singing of the Four Freshmen and the Hi-Lo's, he began writing vocal arrangements in his teen years.
Phil has earned a bachelor's degree in composition from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Southern California. At UCLA he sang with the Gregg Smith Singers and toured with diverse groups such as the Young Americans, the Kids Next Door and the Norman Luboff Choir. Much of his career has been spent in film music production in all the major studios in Hollywood. His choral arrangements, many of which have been published by Hal Leonard and Jenson, are widely sung in high school and college choirs. Many of his charts are in the Swing Shift repertoire and are much loved by the singers and audiences alike.
Richard Gilinsky (bass) founded a SoCal group which soon took the form of an SSATB quintet with Richard singing bass. He called it Swing Shift, and the nascent group was invited to appear on local TV channel KLCS as part of a special featuring local a cappella groups. Since then Swing Shift has morphed into a six-voice group for which Richard still writes many of the vocal arrangements.
Over the years, Richard has involved himself in the vocal music life at Santa Monica College, singing at various times in the Concert Choral under Jeffe Hulse, the Chamber Choir under Niké St. Claire, and most recently the vocal jazz ensemble under Andreas Preponis. Many of Swing Shift’s singers have been drawn from the SMC VJE starting with the initial classes led by Cindy Bourquin. Richard’s initial passion for complex jazz harmonies is realized in Swing Shift's repertoire and performances. He urges you to join us and to share our passion.