Andrew Dickeson's Blue Rhythm Band

The band

Andrew Dickeson's Blue Rhythm Band is a band for dancers.
They do what Basie did.
They play 4 solid beats to the bar and no cheating.

Andrew Dickeson

Band leader, drummer, teacher, and jazz history lecturer at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney.

Sydney lindy hoppers were looking for a band leader with one foot firmly in the Savoy Ballroom, and the other setting down a steady beat.

Andrew had had a group of musicians who wanted to play for audiences who could dig what they were putting down.

Andrew Dickeson's Blue Rhythm Band is a dance band. Made by jazz musicians for the ultimate jazz fans.

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Andrew Dickeson's Blue Rhythm Band

Andrew's Blue Rhythm Band is a small band built from the rhythm section out.

The band can expand to become the Blue Rhythm Orchestra with players on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and clarinet. That solid rhythm core can also grow to include rhythm and lead guitar.

The Blue Rhythm Band has impressed dancers at the Little Big Weekend, Jazz with Ramona, the Small Ball, and Jazz BANG.

Rhythm section

The most important part of a dance band. A solid bass player, a drummer who knows when to step back, a pianist who can be either rhythm or melody.

Brass and reeds

If the rhythm section is the engine that drives the band, the brass and reeds are the colour and light.

Brad Child's presence in the front row on sax and clarinet make it clear that a good dance band needs to match rhythm with melody.


The essential Blue Rhythm Band covers vocals and instrumental songs, but for a special event we can introduce special guest vocalists to carry your guests into the music.

the band


The Blue Rhythm Band provide 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s jazz music for private and public events.

They specialise in the sounds of the classic small bands of the swing era.


The Blue Rhythm Band are primarily a dance band, and work closely with lindy hoppers and swing dancers to produce shows that get dancers on their feet. We can provide the house band for your lindy exchange, special musicality workshops, or one night of swinging jazz.

Private parties and functions

Looking for live music to set the tone for your anniversary, birthday party, or company ball? We can bring you a band small enough to squeeze in beside a coffee table, or large enough to fill a town hall.


A big day needs a an organised, professional band that can get your grandma up and dancing, keep your family relaxed and talking during dinner, or welcome your guests to the reception. We can work with you to create the perfect package for your special day.



Andrew Dickeson's Blue Rhythm Band with guest Georgia Brooks on vocals playing 'Pennies From Heaven' at the Little Big Weekend on Sunday 15th May 2016 (link).

Andrew Dickson's Blue Rhythm Band playing 'Lady Be Good' at the Little Big Weekend on Sunday 15th May 2016 (link).

Andrew Dickson's Blue Rhythm Band playing 'Jumpin' At The Woodside at the Little Big Weekend on Sunday 15th May 2016 (link).