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GI Blythe is a band of exceptional players from the U.K. and the U.S. that have outrageous chops and share a pure joy of making music that is both exuberant and street savvy. The group’s founder and leader, Geoff Blythe on tenor & soprano sax, graduated with honors from the Coventry School of Music in the U.K. where he subsequently became a founding member of EMI recording artists Dexy’s Midnight Runners and was responsible for the band’s signature horn arrangements. Dexy’s hit debut album, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels, also included the number 1 hit single in the U. K., “Geno.” After leaving Dexy’s Geoff formed The Bureau, a group that had hits in Australia and Canada and recorded and toured the U.S. with The Pretenders.

Several members of GI Blythe have worked together in various music settings over the years—including Dexy’s Midnight Runners—and along with Geoff have collectively played and/or recorded with a number of diverse artists from Elvis Costello, Paul Simon and Nick Lowe to Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and The Funk Brothers (of Motown fame), to name but a few. GI Blythe’s fluid and driving rhythm section, the inventive way that they use horns in a Rock/Soul setting (arranged and delivered with an edgy sense of humor), along with singular vocals, are particularly noteworthy and create a sound that’s difficult to compare to anyone else. Simply put, it’s a rockin’ good time!

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