Crytzer's Blue Rhythm Band (13 piece big band)
The Blue Rhythm Band was founded in 2008 for Seattle's "Harvest Moon Ball." The group is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians in the Pacific Northwest and is one of only a handful of professional big bands in the U.S. focused solely on the music of the swing era (late 20's-early 40's). This 13 piece line up (the size band that predominated the popular music scene in the 1930's) plays charts from the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, the Benny Goodman Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and many more including of course their namesake, the Mills Blue Rhythm Band. The band also pioneers new arrangements of classic tunes written in the 1930's style by bandleader Glenn Crytzer. Close your eyes and you might just think you're listening to an old-time radio show!