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Jazz at CenterStage: The Rhythm Serenaders Octet


Join us as we enjoy the sounds of Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders Octet! A beginner swing dance lesson will be taught at 8:00, with the band going live at 9:00. This show is part of the larger event, Rhythm Is Our Business: 2018 - Workshop Weekend in Nashville, TN.

Weekend passes are available now. Individual dance tickets will go on sale on Friday, October 5th at


Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders Octet are a hard swinging and stylistically faithful ensemble created in the mold of the late 1930’s, early 1940’s dance band.

Their sound is characterized by an aggressive four-on-the-floor time-feel, thick & riffy horn arrangements, and an eclectic songbook that touches on the sweet and sentimental as well as the hot and bothered. The band plays in various configurations, and each version of the group explores different avenues of the classic repertoire.

The Octet - featured both nights! - performs arrangements that were popularized not by the large orchestras or small combos, but the many medium-sized outfits that worked during the time such as those led by Fletcher Henderson, the Coleman Hawkins All Stars, various Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton side groups, the Dickie Wells, Teddy Wilson, and Willie Bryant orchestras, and more. They dig up material that will be instantly familiar to vintage music aficionados and swing dancers even if it never made it to the Greatest Hits compilations of the day.

Bandleader Michael Gamble’s 15+ years of work in every aspect of the global swing dance community informs the band’s repertoire and taste. The music will carry a dance floor all night long, but is just as comfortable in listening rooms, or even setting a classy tone for a private event. Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders pursue one mission in any setting: to share the joy and infectious energy of mid-20th century American Jazz!

This event will also feature the vocal stylings of Laura Windley, bandleader and vocalist of the renowned Mint Julep Jazz Band.