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Try a little jumpin' hot jazz from the '20s, '30s

Come to Meinig Park next Wednesday, Aug. 28, and get your body movin' to the beat


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - These vintage jazz musicians provide much of the music for the two front-line crooners, singer Dee Settlemier and rhythm guitarist Doug Sammons. Together they comprise the Midnight Serenaders, a group that makes vintage jazz of the 20s and 30s relevant today.The Midnight Serenaders provides an irresistible and bold take on the boisterous and happy-go-lucky music of the Jazz Age.

The sextet is scheduled to perform a free concert from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, on the Dale Nicholls Main Stage in Meinig Park, just south of Sandy City Hall.

This performance will cap the outdoor concert season in Sandy.

The Midnight Serenaders is more than just another jazz band. This group has created a repertoire with a genuine groove and energy that matches this revolutionary music that took the country by storm back in the early 20th century.

The sounds coming from this group recreate the happy-go-lucky feeling that Americans felt during the up-beat, olden days of jazz.

You don’t need a big band to recreate that characteristic swinging sound. All it takes is an upright bass, saxophone, muted trumpet, clarinet, acoustic guitar and, for that island touch, a ukulele and Hawaiian steel guitar.

Of course, it also takes six musicians/vocalists whose spirits must have been alive during the era when, as they said then, “anything goes.”

The Midnight Serenaders’ repertoire includes classics by legends such as Fats Waller and Ethel Waters, but it also has obscure tunes by Clarence Williams and a growing number of originals from singer Dee Settlemier.

The show is free and family friendly. Meinig Park is at 17670 Meinig Ave. The Dale Nicholls Main Stage is the larger of the two stages in the park, just behind Sandy City Hall.

Bring low-back chairs or blankets to sit on. Catered food should be available by 6 p.m., or bring a picnic meal for the family.

Throughout the summer, Sandy Summer Sounds has been made possible through a partnership between the city of Sandy and donations from community sponsors.

Only one activity remains in the summer program: a movie in the park Saturday, Aug. 31.

For more information, call 503-668-5569, or visit sandysummersounds.com.