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Midnight Serenaders 
 

 

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 Performing 1920's and 30's Popular Music, Hot Jazz, Hawaiian Instrumentals, and Blues, these six  veteran musicians  provide an infectious and irreverent take on the raucous and carefree music of the "Jazz Age".  

 Riding the crest of the neo-traditional jazz craze presently occurring on the West Coast, the Midnight Serenaders are a six-piece swing band playing regularly to enthusiastic audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest.

They would be the perfect band for your next Great Gatsby-themed party...champagne cocktails, elegant flapper dresses, and dancin' 'til dawn!

With an exciting stage show, tight musical arrangements, and outstanding solo and harmony vocals, Midnight Serenaders fans include nostalgists, swing dancers, melody junkies, retro-clothing hounds, and folks who simply appreciate good quality, jubilant music.

The Midnight Serenaders draw their repertoire from the rich heritage of early Americana: from out of the Harlem Renaissance they bring “A Porter’s "Love Song To A Chambermaid,” written by James P. Johnson and Andy Razaf, and Clarence Williams’ very saucy “You Got To Give Me Some.” In addition they do passionate renditions of Bessie Smith’s “Squeeze Me” and Ethel Waters’ “My Handyman.”

The Serenaders unearth and reinterpret many long forgotten songs from the 1920s and ’30s with inimitable panache.

Mr. Sammons’ buttery baritone crooning on Johnny Marvin’s“Magnolia” will make any modern flapper swoon, and Miss Settlemier’s down-around-the-ankles contralto on such numbers as Annette Hanshaw’s “Six Feet of Papa” is sweeter than the crease on a southern peach. This versatile ensemble also features Hawaiian instrumentals, like Andy Iona’s dreamy “Sand,” and even songs from old-time country legend Jimmie Rodgers with “My Carolina Sunshine Girl” and “Nobody Knows But Me.”

The Serenaders rhythm section pounces and swings, held down by the steady and dependable standup bass work of veteran bassist Pete Lampe. But the key instrument that some critics say makes the Serenaders’ sound is the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, played with artful finesse by Mr. Henry Bogdan, who adds sweet melodic layers to the crooning songs and a taunting boost to the up-tempo numbers. Or perhaps the secret ingredient is Garner Pruitt’s chomping-at-the-bit trumpet playing interlaced with the melodic and sweet playing of clarinetist David Evans. Nevertheless, it is the sum of these parts that succeeds in creating a totally delightful and effervescent music.

Band Members Include:

David Evans - clarinet & saxophone
Dee Settlemier - ukulele & vocals
Doug Sammons - guitar & vocals
Garner Pruitt - trumpet & vocals
Henry Bogdan - Hawaiian Steel Guitar
Pete Lampe - upright bass

 

 

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