The Midnight Serenaders 5th Annual Halloween Bash Vintage Hot Jazz & Costume Soiree

The Midnight Serenaders 5th Annual Halloween Bash Vintage Hot Jazz & Costume Soiree

Fri, October 31, 2014

9:00 pm

$15 in advance • $18 at the door • $20 for both shows

This event is 21 and over

The Midnight Serenaders
The Midnight Serenaders
"Plenty of bands attempt to recapture the jive sounds of the Roaring Twenties, but most of them just sound, well, jive. Midnight Serenaders is a local combo of veteran swingers who sashay from torch song to hot jazz with panache and a genuine respect for yesterday's hit parade."
~Portland Monthly

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 Midnight Serenaders are:
Doug Sammons - guitar, vocals
Dee Settlemier - ukelele, vocals
Pete Lampe - upright bass
Doc Stein - Hawaiian Steel guitar
Garner Pruitt - trumpet & vocals
David Evans - clarinet & saxophone
Casey MacGill Trio
Casey MacGill Trio
Casey MacGill performs music that swings. Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. At the core of his sound are his band's sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a piano-ukulele-bass-and-drums rhythm section that swings in a variety of textures.

Casey MacGill is the heart and soul of the band. From California, he is a classic Hollywood character in appearance and style. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical jazz cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for over 40 years, in a career that stretches from Los Angeles (Mood Indigo, feature films "Frances" and "Swing Shift") to Spokane, WA (The Spirits of Rhythm and the neo-swing classic CD "Jump") to Broadway (The musical "Swing") and finally to Seattle (most recently with the Blue 4 Trio). "I've played a lot of music with a lot of people," he says "and one thing I've learned is to tailor my arrangements to the individual players. It gives each musical situation a unique sound." He steers the band from his piano bench, alternately cruising along and sweating feverishly, switching intuitively between the ukulele and the piano and the cornet, singing and scatting, sometimes all within the same song.

With his former Seattle band, The Blue 4 Trio, Casey released 3 CDs, the most recent of which is Barrelhouse. From the familiar standards ("Out of Nowhere") to boogie-woogie ("Cow Cow Boogie") to vocal pyrotechnics ("Changes") to classic ballads ("Small Fry") to all out good time stomp ("Barrelhouse", a MacGill original) this CD is already considered by many his best yet. The band also toured extensively in Europe, performing for enthusiastic swing dancers in festivals and dance camps.
The Portland Rhythm Shakers
The Portland Rhythm Shakers
These darling, delightful, dazzling & talented ladies are Pink Lady & John Bennett Jazz Band's sweet little partners in crime! They are perfect embodiment of vintage jazz dancers and they make each The Cat's Meow! complete. Get ready to be impressed & to fall in love with them, if you haven't fallen already!
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
http://secretsociety.net/