M&E : 020 Glenn Crytzer, Listening to Music

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

5 thoughts on “M&E : 020 Glenn Crytzer, Listening to Music”

  1. I enjoyed the podcast and Basie’s Complete Decca Recording 3CD box has just arrived 🙂

    It seems that the CD set was released in 1992, so not so much left in the music stores, but Spotify users are able to find it at:

    I like Glenn’s bands because their music is really vintage sounding. Also, it was interesting to hear some technical side of the music such as hi-hat differences, bass on cont one and three, and syncopation.
    I’m looking forward to his new album.

    As a lindy hopper, I think finding count eight in the music is also important to prepare for count one action. So, my kind of active listening is to snap my fingers on count eight and one.

    Thank you!


    I have a small correction to his blog URL.

    • Thank You Tatsuo! I’m so glad you enjoyed the Podcast! (I did too) and these links and the blogpost correction is much appreciated.

      Also, thank you for pointing out the importance of count 8. It is absolutely true that count 8 is crucial for preparations. All even beats play an important role in continuing the flow of the dance. Have you watched our new musicality lesson about even beats? https://michaelandevita.com/courses/musicality/lessons/musicality-1-working-even-beats/

      • Hello Evita,

        You are very welcome!
        Thank you for the link. I watched it and I really liked it!

        The musicality sessions are in the bottom right of your courses page, but I didn’t notice before…
        I watched other ones and tried, but the clapping game (especially “and”) is still HARD for me;-)

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