Performing 1920 – 40’s Popular Music, Hot Jazz, Hawaiian Instrumentals & Blues!

 

Proving that hot jazz and vintage swing of the 1920 – 40’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 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.

Shows

 

 

 

  • The HOT LOVIN’ JAZZ BABIES: Doug Sammons & Dee Settlemier, along with bassist Pete Lampe, have a side project they call the Hot Lovin’ Jazz Babies, a septet that focuses on performing dance music for Portland’s vibrant swing dance community. The Jazz Babies dates will be included in our calendar.

 

  • Hot Lovin’ Jazz Babies:  Tickets are now on sale for a summertime Roaring 20’s Party at the Dundee Lodge in Gaston, OR.  The lodge is a beautiful, rustic retreat built circa 1920.  Swing music by the Hot Lovin’ Jazz Babies, as well a late night performance with the one and only Baby Gramps.  Also appearing will be performance artist/actor Tommy Twimble, and a swing dance lesson by the amazing Melissa(Sugarfoot) Roane.  There will be a Speakeasy set up in the Basement Boiler Room, with a cash bar, Poker tables, Black Jack & Roulette, and a photo booth.  Camping is also available.  Formal attire/period dress is expected.  Tickets are limited so get them now, for what looks to be the party of the summer.

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

CALENDAR 

2018

 

  • Saturday, June 23 (8:00 – 11:00 pm)
    HOT LOVIN’ JAZZ BABIES
    Roaring 20’s Party
    Dundee Lodge
    50345 Dundee Rd., Gaston, OR
    Tickets $25

 

  • Thursday, June 28 (6:30 – 8:15)
    HOT LOVIN’ JAZZ BABIES
    Secret Society
    116 NE Russell, PDX
    $10 cover
    ***All ages until 8 pm

 

 

 

  • Thursday, July 26 (6:30 – 8:15)
    HOT LOVIN’ JAZZ BABIES
    Secret Society
    116 NE Russell, PDX
    $10 cover
    ***All ages until 8 pm

 

  • Saturday, August 11 (9:00 – 11:30 pm)
    MIDNIGHT SERENADERS
    Secret Society
    2nd Saturday Swingout
    with special guests the Sportin’ Lifers
    116 NE Russell, PDX
    $10 advance/$12 door

 

  • Thursday, August 23 (6:30 – 8:15)
    HOT LOVIN’ JAZZ BABIES
    Secret Society
    116 NE Russell, PDX
    $10 cover
    ***All ages until 8 pm

 

 

  • Saturday, September 8 (9:00 – 11:30 pm)
    MIDNIGHT SERENADERS
    Secret Society
    2nd Saturday Swingout
    with special guests TBA
    116 NE Russell, PDX
    $10 advance/$12 door