Performing 1920's & 30's Popular Music, Hot Jazz, Hawaiian Instrumentals & Blues!
Proving that hot jazz and vintage pop of the 1920’s and 30’s is as relevant as ever in the present day, the Midnight Serenaders provide an infectious and irreverent take on the raucous and carefree music of “The Jazz Age.” The band formed in 2005, putting together a sound reminiscent of the small swing combos popular during the 20’s and 30’s, adding a Hawaiian flavor with the inclusion of ukulele and Hawaiian Steel guitar, with lots of clarinet and muted trumpet. Led by the charming frontline of crooner/rhythm guitarist Doug Sammons and ukelele-strumming chanteuse Dee Settlemier, the Serenaders' repertoire consists of specially chosen gems from the past, as well as vintage sounding original songs. The Midnight Serenaders are based in Portland, Oregon and perform at clubs and events throughout the Pacific Northwest, continuing to delight audiences with their brand of hot retro swing.
- The next big thing is our 5th Annual Midnight Serenaders Halloween Bash at the Secret Society on Friday, October 31. We always strive to put together a killer show, and this year we must admit we've outdone ourselves. Opening the show will be a special appearance by Seattle's boogie-woogie swing king, Casey MacGill and band, plus performances by all-female 1920’s/1930’s jazz dance troupe, the Portland Rhythm Shakers. Then continue to shake your own funky thing to the Midnight Serenaders as they play through their ever-expanding repertoire of vintage swing, hot jazz, and Prohibition era-sounding originals. Special seasonal libations will be at the ready, including a scrumptious selection of cocktails, beer, wine, and food. Costumes are encouraged, but not necessary. Attendees, beware: prepare for a night of misbehaving and swing fever. In years past, the event has been wildly popular – advance ticket purchase highly recommended. $15 advance, $18 door. Get tickets at ticketfly.com.
- On Saturday, November 22 we play for the first time at Mazza's....a new club in a familiar space. As many of you may know Tony Starlight moved out of his space on Sandy Blvd. and moved to a new location. Matt Mazza, former bartender at Tony's old club, has taken over the reins at the Sandy Blvd location and is continuing to feature live acts in a dinner club setting. We hope you'll come out and support Matt in his new endeavor, and see the Midnight Serenaders while you're at it. We hope you'll come out.
- Just so you know, all four of the Midnight Serenaders' CD's are now available for $12.00 each from CD Baby. Visit our CD Baby page to listen to samples and make purchases.
"The Midnight Serenaders recreation of Jazz Age swing is so convincing that it's often difficult to differentiate between old standards and the band’s original tunes. Ukelele-strumming songbird Dee Settlemier and co-vocalist Doug Sammons perfectly communicate the coy innocence of a bygone era, while their bandmates offer a sprightly musical backdrop. - Barbara Mitchell , Portland Tribune
There are 4 Midnight Serenaders' recordings.
Click on a cover to listen to samples of the tracks or to purchase! Visit our Recordings page for more information and reviews.