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The Midnight Serenaders Are Still Swinging

Photo courtesy The Midnight Serenaders

The Portland old-time swing band the Midnight Serenaders are back with a new recording of American jazz and swing tunes. “Hot Lovin’” features some early 20th-century favorites as well as original tunes written by singer Dee Settlemier.

For this project, the group decided to record with engineer Dennis Carter at Falcon Recording Studios, one of the region’s premier recording studios for jazz and blues. Local luminaries Curtis Salgado, Nancy King and Linda Hornbuckle, among others, have also recorded at the studio. “The studio is very good at capturing the natural, organic sounds of instruments, and since we are an acoustic act this is very important to us,” says Serenaders guitarist and vocalist Doug Sammons. “Dennis knows what this genre of music should sound like and did an amazing job capturing our live sound.”

The Midnight Serenaders continue to perform regularly for Portland’s active swing dance scene along with other local swing groups such as Pete Krebs Trio, Swing Papillon, Kung Pao Chickens, Stolen Sweets and Bridgetown Sextet. The band recently played for a crowd of nearly 300 dancers at the Scottish Rite building. “There are at least a couple of swing dances a week in the Portland area — though not always to live music,” says Sammons. “To be able to dance to live music is a treat for local dancers.”

The Midnight Serenaders peformed at OPB’s studios in 2009 for the original Art Beat story. Watch four songs from that session.

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