Blue Rhythm 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.

About the Band

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

What makes a good jazz band?

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.


Singers give the audience a way into the music, words to give the music shape.


Swingin' the Blues, the long awaited first studio album by the Blue Rhythm Band, is available through Bandcamp.

"We love this music, and playing it for all our friends in the swing dance family is always a pleasure. We’ve picked a selection of the 'good old good ones', as the saying goes, and we sincerely hope you enjoy them."

- Andrew Dickeson


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.

A small band built from the rhythm section out, the Blue Rhythm 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, and we can introduce special guest vocalists to carry your guests into the music.

Contact Andrew Dickeson for more details.