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.
- We are currently in the preparation stage for the making of our next CD, our 4th. Studio time is booked in March and April at Falcon Recording studios here in Portland. We're hoping for a June release date. We'll keep you posted.
- Next show is on May 18th at the Secret Society Ballroom. Swing trio Boy & Bean will be opening the show, with performances by the vintage dance troupe, the Portland Rhythm Shakers. We're truly looking forward to playing live again after taking a break to work on the new CD.
"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 3 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.