Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders DM Doug Murray

Swing Out with Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders

Thursday, June 29- 7:30 p.m.-  Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders. Swing jazz. $12 advance/$15 door

As World War II wound down, so did the heyday of the big bands. Changing tastes and economic pressures prompted many musicians, including some of the biggest names in the business, to assemble small, tight, riff-driven ensembles in those pre-bebop years. Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders carry the sound of small-group swing into the 21st century with their highly danceable interpretations of classic material from the late ’40s. They’ll appear at the White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Bandleader and bassist Michael Gamble has been active on the international swing scene for over fifteen years, and his deep knowledge of the music informs the band’s selection of tunes and arrangements. The Rhythm Serenaders’ repertoire is dominated by faithful transcriptions and adaptations of the great Benny Goodman/Charlie Christian Sextet, plus small combo works by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Roy Eldridge. With featured vocalist Laura Windley they also explore the timeless popular song catalog recorded by Billie Holiday, pianist Teddy Wilson and the hard-swinging players surrounding them during the Brunswick Records years.

Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders never lose track of the fact that swing was first and foremost dance music, and they deliver the goods with infectious vivacity and verve.