The Brian Setzer Orchestra

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Brian Setzer performs with his orchestra in the East Room of the White House.jpg
The Brian Setzer Orchestra performing in the East Room of the White House
Background information
Also known as BSO
Origin United States
Genres Swing revival, jump blues, rockabilly, rock and roll
Years active 1990–present
Labels Interscope, Hollywood, Surfdog
Associated acts The Tomcats, Stray Cats, Brian Setzer and The Nashvillains

The Brian Setzer Orchestra (sometimes known by its initials BSO) is a swing and jump blues band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. The group covered Louis Prima's "Jump Jive an' Wail", which appeared on Prima's 1957 album The Wildest!. The BSO's follow up single was "Gettin' in the Mood."


Setzer grew up in Long Island, New York. In his youth, he played the euphonium and other brass instruments in school jazz bands. In the 1970s, he found ways to hear jazz and big band music at the Village Vanguard, but he was also drawn to blues, rock, punk, and rockabilly. He admired the jump blues of Louis Prima and Big Joe Turner, but also the rock and roll of Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, and Carl Perkins.[1]

During the early 1980s, he led the rockabilly trio the Stray Cats and found popular and commercial success. After the band broke up, Setzer worked as a side man and on a solo career. In 1994, he released the debut album of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, which combined his rockabilly style with swing, big band, and jump blues. The orchestra had a hit on the Billboard singles chart with its cover version of "Jump, Jive an' Wail" by Louis Prima.[1]


  • Brian Setzer (leader, guitar, vocals)
  • Tim Messina (tenor saxophone, clarinet)
  • Eric Morones (alto saxophone, clarinet, flute)
  • Jeremy Lappitt (alto saxophone, clarinet, flute)
  • Jim Youngstrom (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet)
  • Sean Franz (baritone saxophone, clarinet)
  • Ron Blake (trumpet)
  • James Blackwell (trumpet)
  • Sean Billings (trumpet)
  • Brian Scanlon (trumpet)
  • Pete Emblom (trombone)
  • Kevin Esposito (trombone)
  • Kerry Loeschen (trombone)
  • Robbie Hioki (bass trombone)
  • Johnny Hatton (bass)
  • Daniel Glass (drums, percussion)
  • Julie Reiten (vocals)
  • Janick Lafreniere (piano)
  • Leslie Spencer (vocals)
  • James Gerber (berimbau)

Past members

  • Bernie Dresel (drums, percussion)
  • Tony Pia (drums, percussion)
  • Ernie Nunez (bass)
  • Mark Winchester (bass)
  • Joie Shettler (vocals)
  • Beth Curry (vocals)
  • Sara Mann (vocals)
  • Dylan Clark (vocals)
  • Kye Palmer (trumpet)
  • Willie Murillo (trumpet)
  • Charlie Biggs (trumpet)
  • Dan Fernero (trumpet)
  • John Fumo (trumpet)
  • Stan Watkins (trumpet)
  • Sal Cracchiolo (trumpet)
  • Kevin Norton (trumpet)
  • Claude Cailliet (trombone)
  • Jason Thor (trombone)


The BSO often plays during the December holidays covering Christmas songs, and plays the Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony. Setzer tunes have been used in commercials.[2]


Compilations and live albums[edit]



  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Brian Setzer Orchestra". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
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  3. ^ DeRiso, Nick (August 2, 2015). "Brian Setzer Announces First Christmas Album in a Decade". Ultimate Classic Rock. Townsquare Media. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Discography". Brian Setzer. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 

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