Ned Rifken - The Ambassador of Swing

Based in Santa Rosa California

My name is Ned Rifken and for the last 12 years (over 3000 shows) I've been a guest headliner for several Cruise Lines internationally along with shows on the west coast. For 10 years I was crowned as Carnival Cruise lines "Ambassador of Swing" starring in their production of "Singin' With The Big Band. On land I've performed at hundreds of major events and celebrations and am known for my vast musical library which encompasses the best of the "Great American Songbook. Full Big Band, Small Big Band, Jazz Combo, Tracks Only available.

My performances are not an imitation of any particular artist, but rather a celebration of the music of the classic Las Vegas era. I own a musical library of over 1,000 charts covering all facets of Big Band and the Rat Pack style of music, including instrumentals.

It's also been my honor to perform with well-known Hollywood studio musicians who have played with Brian Setzer, The Manhattan Transfer, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, just to name a few!

Here are some of the great Bands I've performed with:

Randy Van Horne's Alumni Association, Johnny Vana's Alumni Band, Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights, Bill Webster's Unabridged Big Band, Tim Davies Big Band, Geo Valle's Swing City, Paul McDonald's Big Band, Rex Merriweather's Not Your Father's Big Band, Late Nite Big Band and The Bob Noval Orchestra.


Available in Concert or Dinner Dance format.

Ned Rifken Promotional Video