The Smoky midnight Gang evolved over the years through influences by Louis Jordan, Joe Turner, Jimmy 'Honeydripper' Liggins, Amos Milburn, Paul Gayten, BB King and T-bone Walker, to name but a few of their old favourites.
The band established itself as a real show band, which strongly reminds of earlier jump bands: sweeping sax parts and trumpet solos , alternated with a fine piece of guitar and a stomping piano. Drums and double-bass drive the band along like a well-oiled machine. The Smoky Midnight Gang is a bunch of fine musicians that can already look back upon a great number of successful gigs both in the homeland and abroad.
Backed up by the talented members of the Smoky Midnight Gang, baritone sax player Big Smile Tony, also the singer-front man, works his way through the playlist like a genuine blues shouter and sets a smoky mood. The lyrics are interwoven with a melancholic humour and sung with full devotion. When he isn't smoking his saxophone, he sounds a voice that will set you swinging and there can be no standing still!
You can be sure to have swinging fun when The Smoky Midnight Gang is out to entertain. They’re all smiles and passionate like Kansas City musicians, keeping their musical performance up to date with the best.
Baritone and altsaophone + vocals : Big Smile Tony (Hans Verhelle)
Tenor saxophone: Jumpin’ Gerry (Geert Polfliet)
Trumpet: Hot Lips Rudy (Rudy Reunes)
Guitar: Low Down Phil (Filip Verneert)
Piano: Sonny Steinway (Stijn Wauters) of Piano Postman (Wouter Debode)
Double bass: Slappin’ Slim (Selim Meiresonne)
Drums: Handy Heinz (Karlheinz Chambaere) or Junior in the back (Brecht Verhelle)