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Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders

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are a hard swinging and stylistically faithful ensemble created in the mold of the late 1930’s, early 1940’s dance band.
Their sound is characterized by an aggressive four-on-the-floor time-feel, thick & riffy horn arrangements, and an eclectic songbook that touches on the sweet and sentimental as well as the hot and bothered. The band plays in various configurations, and each version of the group explores different avenue s of the classic repertoire.

The Sextet specializes in careful transcriptions and subtle adaptations of The Benny Goodman Sextet, with thoughtful forays into the small combos Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw. The many famous sidemen and alumni of those various bands are given plenty of love as well. With Laura Windley featured on vocals, the band also explores the wonderful songbook left behind by Billie Holiday during her years with Brunswick, where she and Teddy Wilson pulled together some of the hardest swinging players to bring to life some of the greatest pop tunes ever written.



Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders Orchestra!!

With the Rhythm Serenaders Orchestra, Gamble takes the core principles of his small group leading into a 13 piece big band. This group will, in part, serve as a vehicle for the Heritage Sounds transcription project, so you can expect to hear generous helpings of Chick Webb and Jimmie Lunceford’s music — but also repertoire featured exclusively by this group, honoring some of the hardest swinging, but lesser known vintage orchestras such as the bands of Teddy Powell, Edgar Hayes, Charlie Barnet, Erskine Hawkins, and more. Bandleader Michael Gamble’s nearly 20 years in the swing scene informs every aspect of the band’s repertoire and taste.