Swing For Pete with Midnight Serenaders, The Jenny Finn Orchestra, Everything's Jake, The Stolen Sweets, Boy & Bean, The Martens Combination and more!

Swing For Pete with Midnight Serenaders, The Jenny Finn Orchestra, Everything's Jake, The Stolen Sweets, Boy & Bean, The Martens Combination and more!

Wed, February 20, 2013

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

$20 minimum advanced donation, sliding scale at the door

Midnight Serenaders
Midnight Serenaders
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. Performing vintage pop, Hot Jazz, and Hawaiian instrumentals, as well as an expanding collection of Jazz Age-sounding original songs, these six veteran musicians strive to share their love for the music of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. 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 Jenny Finn Orchestra
The Jenny Finn Orchestra
The Jenny Finn Orchestra hails from the soggy burg of Portland, Oregon. When Ain't Misbehavin', the band plays vintage swing jazz of the 1920's-1940's in string orchestra format. Conductor Twayn Williams leads the band on guitar with driving Gypsy Swing rhythms. Hank Hadeed brings his bebop, jazz and blues influence to the mix, adding color and finger-burning solos. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye to talented and classically trained Megan Moran on violin, who has temporarily relocated to Boston, but she'll be back before we know it. In the meantime, it's just Too Darn Hot when we invite other local talents to complete the sextet. The icing on this tasty cake is the vocal performances of Carrie Baldwin-Sayre and Janet Lindsley. Doctor-in-the-house Carrie fronts the band with extensive experience in theater and dance. She brings double the fun - she can sing and sew up our wounds when needed. Operatically trained and accordion-slinging Janet sings and adds sweet and spooky vocal harmonies. Well over Five Foot Two with eyes of blue is James "J'attendrai" Delaney, rounding out the sound on the upright bass. This sextet swings Night and Day in venues in Portland and beyond.
Everything's Jake
Everything's Jake
Everything's Jake is a "Swing Nouveau" Swing Band. They play originals and hits from the Hot Jazz Age of the 1920's and 30's. Think Speakeasy's, bathtub gin, and dancing until dawn... Everything's Jake has been gracing club and concert audiences with its original brand of swing music for decades. During that time, EVERYTHING'S JAKE has been famous for its tight, polished and swinging sound, earning rave reviews wherever they play!
The Stolen Sweets
The Stolen Sweets
The Stolen Sweets formed in 2005 with the intention of reviving the songs of 30s New Orleans sister act, The Boswell Sisters. The “Bozzies” were popular harmony singers in the late 20s and early 30s, keeping company with the Dorsey Brothers, Bunny Berigan, and Benny Goodman -- partnerships that provided the jazz world with some of its most influential recordings. The nature of the music was auspicious and good-humored, providing a ray of hope to listeners during a truly dispiriting economic depression. Unlike the original Boswell arrangements that featured horns, the Sweets incorporate gypsy jazz, reminiscent of Django Reinhardt.

The Sweets owe a great debt of gratitude to the city of New Orleans, from which they draw much of their musical inspiration. On January 29, 2010, the Sweets became the 1st vocal jazz group ever to grace the stage at Preservation Hall, a legendary venue which is usually reserved for Dixieland and brass instrumental groups. In a career suffused with many bright lights and packed houses, this burns among the brightest for the Sweets.
Boy & Bean
Boy & Bean
Boy and Bean are a Portland-based swing/jazz trio featuring Luke Short on guitar and vocals, Amber Short on vocals and Andrew Jones on upright bass. Depression-era music is Boy and Bean's primary musical focus, covering songs by artists like The Mills Brothers, The Boswell Sisters and Ella Fitzgerald.
The Martens Combination
The Martens Combination
The Martens Combination plays swing and country jazz with extra jimmies of fifties R&B and sixties international pop. They like old stuff and they smell nice. Keith Brush plays bass, Don Lawry on drums, Ian Miller on the Fender Telecaster, Russ Blake plays pedal steel, and Brent Martens sings and plays guitar.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
http://secretsociety.net/