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  Tommy Dorsey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Trombonist and band leader Tommy Dorsey should not be confused with pianist and jazz and gospel composer Thomas A. Dorsey.
Thomas Dorsey was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and is the younger brother of Jimmy Dorsey.
The grave of Tommy Dorsey in Kensico Cemetery
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 Tommy Dorsey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Tommy Dorsey (November 19 1905 - November 26 1956) was a jazz trombonist in the Big Band era.
Tommy Dorsey died suddenly at his home Greenwich Connecticut and was interred in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla New York
Trombonist and band leader Tommy Dorsey should be confused with pianist and jazz and composer Thomas A. Dorsey.
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 Tommy Dorsey
Tommy was Jimmy's younger brother and the more temperamental of the two.
As a youngster, Tommy shared the same musical gift as his older brother and was equally adept at both trumpet and his main instrument the trombone.
Tommy was a hot player at heart, having recorded a few hot sides by 1927 and continued to play with smaller ensembles throughout his career.
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 NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Tommy Dorsey
Dorsey was interred in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.
Jimmy Dorsey was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the son of a music teacher and older brother of Tommy Dorsey who also became a prominent musician.
Dorsey is considered one of the most prominent alto saxophone players of the pre-bebop era.
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 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey studied trumpet with his father, a part-time musician, and later changed to trombone.
However, Dorsey's orchestra was known primarily for its renderings of ballads at dance tempos, frequently with singers such as Jack Leonard and Frank Sinatra.
Although Dorsey recorded, especially in the 1920s, with Bix Beiderbecke and other major jazz players, he was not a notable jazz soloist.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_dorsey_tommy.htm   (361 words)

 Solid! -- Tommy Dorsey Biography
Together and separate, the Dorsey Brothers were responsible for some of the most memorable music of the swing era.
Tommy didn't say a word but grabbed his trombone and walked off stage, never to return.
Tommy's orchestra soon became the top band in the country, a title it held throughout most of the swing era.
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 Tommy Dorsey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Trombonist Thomas "Tommy" Dorsey was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1905.
Tommy and Jimmy formed an orchestra together in the early 1930s known as "The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra," and included Glenn Miller, Ray McKinley and Bob Crosby.
Dorsey's biggest selling record was his orchestrated version of the Pinetop Smith classic, "Boogie-Woogie," reputed to have sold four million copies.
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 Bluebird Jazz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Dorsey?s father was a part-time musician, and he schooled both Tommy and his slightly older brother, Jimmy, on various instruments.
Tommy Dorsey learned from the example of the great Twenties stylists, though he never became their kind of extroverted soloist; his trombone style was best appreciated for its technical polish.
Tommy Dorsey played in New York City studios and pit orchestras, and then, in 1934, he formed a partnership with Jimmy, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra.
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 Jazz Trombone History.com - Tommy Dorsey - Audio clips   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Marie is an example of many of the songs that the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra made famous during their performances and recordings.
Tommy's job was to primarily impress the audiences with his high, sweet, and technical playing.
In Tommy's solo on Marie, there are hints of his love of "hot jazz." His solo uses several blues notes and employs many of the stylistic embellishments that are common to Kid Ory's playing.
jazztrombonehistory.com /Dorsey/audioclips.php   (513 words)

 VH1.com : Tommy Dorsey : Biography
Dorsey was 21 months younger than Jimmy and thus the second son of Thomas Francis Dorsey, Sr., a music teacher and band director, and Theresa Langton Dorsey.
But while the Dorseys stumbled, Benny Goodman achieved national success and was dubbed "the King of Swing." Tommy Dorsey took over the remnants of the Joe Haymes band in founding his own orchestra in the fall of 1935.
Dorsey was back at number one in January 1936 with "The Music Goes Round and Round" (vocal by Edythe Wright) and topped the charts again in February with "Alone" (vocal by Cliff Weston).
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 Radio Hall of Fame - Tommy Dorsey, Music/Variety
Known as “the sentimental gentleman of swing,” trombonist Tommy Dorsey was born November 19, 1905 in Shenendoah, Pennsylvania.
Dorsey and his brother Jimmy played with a variety of bands before forming the Dorsey Brothers orchestra in 1934.
Tommy Dorsey was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
www.radiohof.org /musicvariety/tommydorsey.html   (214 words)

 Get a view of the driven musician Tommy Dorsey from a safe distance | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Although a descendant of one of the bands Tommy Dorsey founded still tours the country, the style of music it plays was already outmoded by the time Dorsey died in 1956.
Dorsey, according to the evidence presented here, was a violent, substance-abusing womanizer and the kind of dictatorial manager who would throw band members off the bus in the middle of a trip or fire them during a performance.
Tommy Dorsey subsequently took over the Joe Haymes band, which for the next two decades was one of the nation's most eminent swing bands and became a showcase for spectacular talent – Buddy Rich, Bunny Berigan and Frank Sinatra, among others.
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 Tommy Dorsey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Dorsey said his trombone style was heavily influenced by that of Jack Teagarden (Jack Teagarden: jack teagarden (august 29, 1905 - january 15, 1964) was an influential jazz...
Tommy Dorsey died suddenly at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut (Greenwich, Connecticut: more facts about this subject) and was interred in Kensico Cemetery (Kensico Cemetery: kensico cemetery is a cemetery in valhalla, westchester county, new yorkwestchester co.,...
Trombonist and band leader Tommy Dorsey should not be confused with pianist and jazz and gospel composer Thomas A. Dorsey (Thomas A. Dorsey: thomas a....
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 Find A Grave Cemetery Records- Tommy Dorsey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Tommy became proficient on the trumpet and the trombone.
In the spring of 1934, the Dorsey brothers were reunited with the formation of a band dubbed 'The Dorsey Brothers Band' making their debut at the Sands Point Beach Club on Long Island.
Tommy soon took over the defunct Joe Haymes band and then simply renamed it 'The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra' They made their debut in the blue room at the Hotel Lincoln in New York City becoming the top dance band in the land.
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 Tommy Dorsey: "Marie"
Tommy always claimed that he stole his playing style from Miff Mole, but nevertheless is regarded as one of the greatest trombone players ever.
Dorsey glided his way through the theme, but Berigan attacks the melody with an opening two-note blast before blowing through several hot choruses, instantly changing the tempo and direction of the tune.
Dorsey apparent thought so, too; once Berigan left the band, he scored the entire solo (as well as his equally fine moment on “Song Of India”) for the whole trumpet section as a tribute.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=18063   (1011 words)

 Biography of Tommy Dorsey with gold-music.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In 1927, the Dorsey brothers began to record under their own label, “The Dorsey Brothers and Their Concert Orchestra.” The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra did not make its formal debut, however, until 1934, when it began a long residency at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York.
Tommy's records eventually outsold Jimmy's, especially by the time the swing craze reached its height, in 1938, and Tommy Dorsey was promoted as “That Sentimental Gentleman of Swing.” Tommy's popularity only increased when, in 1940, he hired the rising young singer, Frank Sinatra.
Tommy Dorsey gained a reputation as an ambitious, hard-driving musician and bandleader who was constantly striving to extend the limits of what he and his band could achieve musically.
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 Tommy Dorsey : Moonlight In Vermont
Whether teamed with brother Jimmy as part of the Dorsey Brothers, or leading his own band, Tommy Dorsey was one of the most successful and important figures of the big-band era.
In Lansford, Tommy, his brother Jimmy (destined to be another of the big-band era greats), and their father formed several bands in which Tommy apprenticed (starting with the Way Back When band, which evolved into Dorsey's Novelty Six and then Dorsey's Wild Canaries).
The critic George T. Simon thought that "Dorsey's must be recognized as the greatest all-round dance band of them all." Although he was known for his ballad style, Dorsey and his band also created their share of classic big-band swing arrangements (with those of Sy Oliver being the most outstanding).
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 Tommy Dorsey (2)
In 1939, Tommy Dorsey began to totally re-vamp the style of his band.
The Dorsey pop tunes took on a new type of pulse with lots of Swing touches and the pure Swing charts are completely hot as hell, almost manic at times.
Dorsey was still the king offering the best to his musical subjects, but the audience had begun to migrate in a different direction.
www.jazzitude.com /bldorseyb.htm   (488 words)

 Tuxedo Junction [Popular Music] [Tommy Dorsey]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra could swing as well as any band of the Swing Era, and it was in a class of its own when it came to ballads.
Dorsey was revered by other musicians and vocalists for both his phrasing and his breath control, which allowed him to sustain notes longer than almost anyone else without taking a breath.
In 1957, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was formed under the leadership of Warren Covington.
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 Tommy Dorsey - GRP Records
Tommy Dorsey, "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing," was a master at creating moods warm, sentiment and forever musical moods - at superb dancing and listening tempos.
Actually, this may have pleased Tommy less than most people suspected, because for years he had subscribed to the theory that it's best not to be Number One, because once you get there, you have no place to go except down.
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, is traveling throughout the country playing for the kids (of all ages).
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 Tommy Dorsey
Tommy's volatile temperament kept his involvement short, however: following a heated argument with his brother, he walked out on the band in 1935.
After his departure, Tommy took control of the Joe Haymes Orchestra; re-christened under his leadership, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra became one of the leading swing bands of its time.
Dorsey employed top arrangers and musicians to maintain the orchestra's public stature, including up-and-coming singer Frank Sinatra who established his international popularity during his tenure with the band.
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Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey formed an orchestra together in the early 1930s known as The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra; it included Glenn Miller and Bob Crosby.
In 1935, when Tommy quit after a disagreement between the two brothers, he formed a band of his own from the remnants of Joe Haymes' orchestra; "Sentimental" was his theme song.
Tommy Dorsey died in 1956 at the age of 51 after choking on food.
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 Tommy Dorsey biography a marvelous tale - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Few watersheds in American cultural history are as ironic as that of Jan. 18, 1956, when big band leaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey used their television show to introduce to the country Elvis Presley, whose rock 'n' roll music was everything their swing music was not.
It is all here -- Tommy's magnificent musicianship, iron discipline, need for control, philandering, decision in 1939 to hire a skinny kid named Frank Sinatra as his "boy singer," on-stage firings, and the fights, tantrums, jealousies, misery and fun of road trips.
Tommy Dorsey, known as "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing," died of suffocation in his home Nov. 26, 1956, at age 51.
pittsburghlive.com /x/tribune-review/entertainment/books/s_387301.html   (786 words)

 Tommy Dorsey OTR MP3 List   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,” Tommy Dorsey was known for his many hits, including “I’m Getting Sentimental over You,” “Song of India,” “Satan Takes a Holiday,” “Once in a While,” and “The Dipsy Doodle.” His orchestra rivaled others such as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, and Harry James.
GI JIVE AFRS 510 Tommy Dorsey - Boogie Woogie
GI JIVE AFRS Tommy Dorsey - Boogie Woogie
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 Tommy Dorsey: King of Swing/Dance Bands
There are two great vocal groups that recorded with Dorsey as well: The Pied Pipers and "The Sentimentalists" aka The Clark Sisters (of "Chicago" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street" fame).
Tommy Dorsey himself, standing tall in a gleaming white suit with that shining trombone ready to go and looking after the needs of dancers and listeners 24/7.
I don't think that there is any Tommy Dorsey material that is shoddy or second rate, but by the late forties and into the fifties, the stuff isn't clicking any longer.
www.jazzitude.com /bldorseya.htm   (1185 words)

 USAO Tommy Dorsey Orchestra coming to Chickasha Feb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
One of America's most beloved Big Bands, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, will visit Chickasha on Feb. 25 for a concert at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Carrying on the Dorsey legend, a style that literally defines a genre in music history, the group performs across America the music actually composed and arranged by Tommy Dorsey himself.
Tommy Dorsey's music has lived on through several generations, and dozens of musical styles, as a timeless form of entertainment.
www.usao.edu /~usao-news/spring-01/dorsey.htm   (287 words)

 Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Jimmy continued on with the Dorsey Brothers group re-naming it the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
Tommy's orchestra was the more successful of the two but both bands were very successful.
Tommy reunited and continued playing together until Tommy's death in 1956.
www.redhotjazz.com /dorseybros.html   (264 words)

 Tommy Dorsey: Livin' In A Great Big Way
To the people who played with him, Tommy Dorsey was a real S.O.B. To millions of others, he was one of the greatest big band leaders, providing the soundtrack that led people out of uncertain times into a promising future, peeling off hit song after hit song.
Dorsey was a legendary womanizer, a determined task master, and a temperamental figure on the bandstand, all of which coalesce into an interesting portrait.
Also, Dorsey was not one to put up with segregation, and there are many examples of his unwillingness to let musicians like Charlie Shavers be treated poorly.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=20438   (530 words)

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