Nugent and the Midnight Society
will never forget the night I walked into the Ruba
Club in downtown Philadelphia. It was like stepping
back in time. It was the night I met Drew Nugent
and the Midnight Society." Michael
Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society are a jazz
band from the city of Philadelphia.
Led by the accomplished pianist, trumpeter and singer,
Drew Nugent, the band has been together for almost
five years now. It has made quite a name for itself
on the East Coast as one of the leading ensembles
in the jazz vein for traditional, or HOT, jazz.
This is what one could call the original jazz music.
It lasted in popularity from roughly 1897- 1935
and was sadly thrown by the wayside in the wake
of the swing music surge. The height of this musical
phenomenon took place in the 1920s. The Jazz Age.
For decades this music lie dormant, but here, almost
100 years later, Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society
play these tunes as if they were written yesterday.
Some even were! That's because Drew Nugent himself,
is a song writer in this style of music, and from
time to time you will catch him and the boys playing
one of Nugent's own works.
The Midnight Society ensemble ranges in sizes from
a trio to a 10 piece orchestra, maybe more if the