The Blue Rhythm Band was founded in 2008 for Seattle's "Killer Diller Ball." The group is an expansion of Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators, a swing era combo, and is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians in the Pacific Northwest. The Blue Rhythm band 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 in performance 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.
In 2009 the band released "Chasin' the Blues," their debut album, which pioneers brand new arrangements of classic tunes as well as original compositions written in the swing era style by bandleader Glenn Crytzer. Close your eyes and you might just think you're at the Savoy Ballroom!
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What Are People Saying about the Blue Rhythm Band?
In this age of momentary acknowledgment and empty coolness it is refreshing to find Crytzer’s Blue Rhythm Band performing outside the twittered masses.
Particularly of note are Crytzer’s originals: “Dickey’s Blues,” “ Rachin’ in Rhythm,” and the title track “Chasin the Blues” which blend his love of the big band era and his ear for creating a tapestry that was meant for listening and dancing and lasting.
Bravo to the performers.
Bravo to the task.
“The Art of Jazz”
NPR Affiliate KPLU
88.5 Seattle, WA
"Glenn's music is authentic vintage swing. His bands are two of only a select handful of groups playing today that excite me as both a musician and a dancer."
The Campus Five
The Jonathan Stout Orchestra
The Blue Rhythm Band sets itself apart by delivering the true classic sound of the big bands with the highest quality musicians and arrangements. Glenn doesn't make any exceptions with quality when it comes to maintaining the integrity of the big band era while adding his own musical talent into the mix.
Camp Jitterbug Organizer
The Blue Rhythm Band has a great sound and is swingin’ hard!
Host of “Hey Mr. Jesse”
San Francisco, CA
"The band truly represents the combination of the past meeting the present, a vintage feel with a solid rhythm that you can really groove to, for any dancer or musician. This big band swings hard!"
vintage jazz dancer, instructor and preservationist
San Diego, CA
Crytzer's Blue Rhythm Band is the most authentic and original sounding big band around today. The rhythm section swings so hard and the horns are so tight you'd think you had just walked into a Ballroom in the 1930s.
Seattle Lindy Exchange