Bands

JOE SMITH AND THE SPICY PICKLES JAZZ BAND


JOE SMITH AND THE SPICY PICKLES JAZZ BAND is a Denver-based vintage jazz band devoted to revitalizing swing music and dance. This small group style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. The Pickles bring it all—high energy, quality musicianship, and an authentic big band sound and look that celebrates the unique American spirit of swing. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw with the showmanship of Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder, and Jimmy Lunceford. With a smart respect for the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, the Pickles are constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.


CASEY MACGILL AND THE JAZZ DINGOES


CASEY MACGILL AND THE JAZZ DINGOES perform music that swings. The sound is Nat “King” Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. At the core of his sound are his band’s sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a piano-ukulele-bass-and-drums rhythm section that swings in a variety of textures. Casey MacGill is the heart and soul of the band. From California, he is a classic Hollywood character in appearance and style. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical jazz cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for over 40 years.


THE CHERRY BLOSSOM ORCHESTRA


THE CHERRY BLOSSOM ORCHESTRA were formed as a direct result of Louis Armstrong’s visit to the Portland, OR in 1965. He is one of bands many inspirations (also Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, WC Handy, Spencer Williams, the Oklahoma City Blue Devils, Fletcher Henderson, and so many more). Hot times, prohibition, speakeasies, wax & early vinyl recordings were the order of the day. The Cherry Blossom Orchestra plays the jazz created during its most important period: the 1920s to the 1940s—Ragtime, Blues, Stomps, Swinging & Hot.


THE PEPPER GRINDERS


THE PEPPER GRINDERS featuring Ralph Carney. Legendary Saxophonist Ralph Carney is a new transplant to Portland, who has honked his saxes with the likes of Tom Waits, The Black Keys, the B-52’S, Elvis Costello and many others, has started a new hard swinging band, The Pepper Grinders. Using the cream of the crop of amazing Portland players, the band is dedicated to the sound of the jump blues bands and the screaming sax greats from the late 40’s and early 50’s.


DOUG & DEE’S HOT LOVIN’ JAZZ BABIES


DOUG & DEE’S HOT LOVIN’ JAZZ BABIES is the new side project of Doug Sammons and Dee Settlemier, front persons for the long-time Portland swing band the Midnight Serenaders. Every performance features different instrumentalists from Portland’s thriving swing scene, creating a unique and exciting lineup for each show.


PETE KREBS AND HIS PORTLAND PLAYBOYS


PETE KREBS AND HIS PORTLAND PLAYBOYS play music inspired by the the great Hillbilly Jazz and Western Swing artists of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, such as Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Spade Cooley, Jimmy Rivers and Ernest Tubb & his Texas Troubadours. The music is a mix of stompin’ Western jazz and swing, both instrumentals and vocal tunes, very up-tempo and very hot. The three primary soloists invoke the feeling of acrobats or flying aces as they weave, spark and fly through the repertoires of Duke Ellington, Red Foley, Django Reinhardt and the Delmore Brothers. These boys really know how to shake the shack!