Live Music – 2019admin

Friday Night

Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders

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 avenues of the classic repertoire.

The Octet performs arrangements that were popularized not by the large orchestras or small combos, but the many medium-sized outfits that worked during the time such as those led by Fletcher Henderson, the Coleman Hawkins All Stars, various Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton side groups, the Dickie Wells and Willie Bryant orchestras, and more. They dig up material that will be instantly familiar to vintage music aficionados and swing dancers even if it never made it to the Greatest Hits compilations of the day.

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Saturday Night

Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders Orchestra!

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With the Rhythm Serenaders Orchestra, Michael Gamble takes the core principles of his small group leading into a 13pc 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 arrangements previously performed by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Erskine Hawkins, Larry Clinton, Teddy Powell, Edgar Hayes, and plenty of Count Basie. Bandleader Michael Gamble’s nearly 20 years in the swing scene informs every aspect of the band’s repertoire and taste.