Glenn Crytzer, specializes in composing new, original material for Big Bands in the style of the 1930’s and 40’s.

Glenn passionately maintains a regular weekly gig in NYC at the Kola House every Monday night.

Big Band Mondays at Kola House

Listen as Glenn tells stories about his composing, shares details for what to listen for in Swing music and even goes through some interesting Jazz history about Count Basie.  Most important, hear Glenn’s philosophy on creativity.


“I think Duke Ellington or Count Basie, if they were alive, would tell you to go hear the live band.”

“You can’t feel syncopation unless it’s against something, whether it’s your expectation of where a beat is going to be or whether its the actual beat that’s there.”



Count Basie “Honeysuckle Rose” 1937

Basie on Decca 3 Disc set 1937 – 1939

Benny Moten Band

The Blue Devils

VOCABULARY WORDS:  from Wikipedia

“Agogic Accent”  –  A dynamic accent or stress accent is an emphasis using louder sound, typically most pronounced on the attack of the sound. A tonic accent is an emphasis on notes by virtue of being higher in pitch as opposed to higher in volume. An agogic accent is an emphasis by virtue of being longer in duration.

“Obbligato Line”   –  In Western classical music, obbligato (Italian pronunciation: [obbliˈɡaːto], also spelled obligato) usually describes a musical line that is in some way indispensable in performance. Its opposite is the marking ad libitum.


Check out Glenn’s blog

Songs sampled in this podcast:

“Hop on the Mop”

“Not Far to Fargo”

“What did I do?”

Look for Glenn’s new Double Album coming out this Spring 2018.

Musicians are:

Sam Hoyt, Mike Davis, Jason Prover – trumpets

Rob Edwards, Harvey Tibbs – trombones

Jay Rattman, Ricky Alexander, Matt Koza, Dan Block – reeds

Glenn Cytzer – guitar/banjo

Ian Hutchison – bass

Andrew Millar – drums

Hannah Gill, Dandy Wellington – vocals