Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders: About
Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders is a tribute to the sounds and rhythms of the Big Band Era. The band faithfully re-creates the arrangements of some of the most popular tunes of the era, tunes that started a dance craze that’s still incredibly popular today.
Careful transcriptions and subtle adaptations of Goodman/Christian Sextet dominate the repertoire, with thoughtful forays into the combo work of Ellington, Basie, as well as some of the later 40’s material put down by Eldridge, especially his time with Artie Shaw.
With Laura Windley featured on vocals, the band also explores the wonderful songbook left behind by Billie Holiday during her years with Columbia, where she pulled together some of the hardest swinging players to bring to life some of the greatest pop tunes ever written. Bandleader Michael Gamble’s 15+ years in the international swing scene inform every aspect of the band’s repertoire and taste.
Swing music is happy music. It was created as entertainment for the masses, and it’s almost impossible not to tap your feet to its catchy rhythms. With the release of Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, the music speaks for itself with a clarity that patrons of dance halls and ballrooms from days gone by could only enjoy live.