Midnight Serenaders featured in Dixieland show Sunday


West Linns Garner Pruitt plays trumpet with the group

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Midnight Serenaders will play a concert and dance this Sunday at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge.  The band includes, from left, Doug Sammons, West Linn musician Garner Pruitt, Dee Settlemier, David Evans, Henry Bogdan and Pete Lampe.The Midnight Serenaders will perform at the Portland Dixieland Jazz Society’s monthly traditional jazz concert and dance to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Milwaukie Elk’s Lodge, 13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd. in Milwaukie.

The Midnight Serenaders includes some of Portland’s better jazz players, who bluegrass and old-time musician Doug Sammons has rallied around the vintage swing flag.

“I just started discovering people and finding these songs,” Sammons said. “It’s come together based on this idea of a sound I have, this Jimmy Rodgers sound, but it’s morphing.”

Hawaiian steel player and group co-founder Henry Bogdan, former bassist for 90s rock band Helmet, plays large in Sammons’ sound.

Copping trombone parts from early arrangements is the starting point in a lot of the Serenaders’ material. The band features vocals from Sammons and Dee Settlemier, who also adds ukulele, banjo and guitar. The sound is rounded out with former New Orleans saxman and clarinetist David Evans, West Linn’s Garner Pruitt on trumpet and vocals, and Pete Lampe on upright.

“Now I’m playing happy music,” said Sammons. “It’s great to see the smiles on people’s faces.”

Tickets to the concert and dance are $10 for Portland Dixieland Jazz Society members and $15 for non-members. No host food and beverages and a large dance floor are available.