Pre-Show Shenanigans with Drew Nugent’s Midnight Society Trio
Drew Nugent is a jazz musician and composer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His primary instruments are piano, trumpet, voice, and believe it or not, the tea kettle! Nugent, (no relation) and the band specialize in playing in the "hot" jazz style of the early 20th Century, namely the 1920s and 30s. The band, known as the Midnight Society, is regarded as one of the best in the business, and has been together over 10 years. Under Drew's leadership, and in varying ensemble sizes, they bring forth an authentic, yet original approach to an art form over 100 years old - from Jazz and Art Deco festivals, to monthly speakeasy parties, to a variety of regular appearances from coast to coast, and through their 5 albums. Nugent's inspiration comes from a who's who list of legendary performers, composers, and musicians, both obscure and known, going back a full century. His greatest influences are none other than the likes of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke, Jabbo Smith, Jack Purvis, Red Nichols, Willie ‘the Lion’ Smith, James P. Johnson and Eubie Blake, to name a handful. Although a lot of this music may seem forgotten in many social circles, it is alive and well with Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society. And it can be heard in their playing those timeless tunes. With equinox of the "Roaring 2020s" comes great interest in the Jazz Age, and the era of Prohibition. “Drewgent” and the gang have been finding themselves tremendously busy. Check out their Facebook age at facebook.com/nugentsband . Their website is www.drewgent.com. Lastly, feel free to follow them on instagram by the handle of @midnightsocietyjazz. They can be contacted via all 3. Welcome to the ‘New’ Jazz Age.
The Lounge at World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104