2019 marks the 36th anniversary of the Blue Street Jazz Band. Blue Street is a true force of musicality, integrity, stability, and professionalism in the performance of Dixieland Jazz.
Founded in 1983 by trumpet player Forrest Helmick and currently under the leadership of trombonist Dave Ruffner, the band has been one of the most innovative groups in traditional jazz.
In 36 years Blue Street has developed into a group like no other. Always known for its eclectic tastes in music, Blue Street’s original songs and unique arrangements make it a one-of-a-kind band. Rooted in New Orleans Traditional Jazz, the band feels very much at home playing Swing music and New Orleans R&B. The band probably best plays old time Gospel Hymns better than anything else they attempt. The band plays primarily at jazz festivals but also performs for local and regional events including church services, dances, weddings, conventions, meetings, and other special occasions.