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Tommy Dorsey

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In the early '50s Dorsey mostly recorded commercial (and long out-of-print) music for Decca, so these live performances are quite welcome. Emphasizing the jazz side of TD, one not only hears his trombone but Charlie Shavers's trumpet and Sam Donahue's tenor well-featured throughout this album. Bill Finegan contributed some of the arrangements to what would be Tommy Dorsey's last big band before rejoining forces with his brother Jimmy for a final nostalgia-based orchestra.


Born: 19 November 1905 in Shenandoah, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s

Though he might have been ranked second at any given moment to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, or Harry James, Tommy Dorsey was overall the most popular bandleader of the swing era that lasted from 1935 to 1945. His remarkably melodic trombone playing was the signature sound of his orchestra, but he successfully straddled the hot and sweet styles of swing with a mix of ballads and novelty songs. He provided showcases to vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Jo Stafford, and he employed...
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