I've been practicing with a 5-piece jazz combo for several weeks. We had two percussionists (drums & hand percussion) and things were really starting to come together. Then both percussionists left the band within a week of each other for personal reasons. We're in a small coastal community, so getting a new drummer isn't likely to happen in the near future. So, we're trying to make it as a drumless trio (keys, guitar, and URB). My skill level is intermediate at best, and I really haven't played a lot of jazz in the past. I'm a real analytical type, so I'm trying to go at this systematically: What are the components of a swing rhythm, which components normally are provided by the drum, and how can we make up for that without drums? I know that drummers do a lot to fill in the rhythms, but it seems to me that the unique contribution of the drums to the swing rhythm is to provide the 2 & 4 beat with the hi-hat, & sometimes snare. But if I'm missing something, I'd appreciate an education. I'm curious if any of you have experience in swinging without drums, and how you approached the problem of filling in the components of the swing rhythm without one of the key rhythm instruments. I've been searching on the internet for links, & have found some useful tutorials on swing rhythms & the role of the drums, but nothing on how to swing without drums. Thanks for any input.