View Full Version : Off Topic. HTOTW#11. Jimmy Dorsey centenary, a tribute.

Terry Porritt
06-03-2004, 11:45 AM
Very busy playing with Xandros, here is just a very quick to the fabulous Jimmy Dorsey, who would have been 100 on the 29th of February.

So cheating a bit by borrowing from Wikipedia:

Jimmy Dorsey
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

James "Jimmy" Dorsey (February 29, 1904 - June 12, 1957) was a prominent jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and big band leader.

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. He played trumpet in his youth, appearing on stage in a Vaudeville act as early as 1913. He switched to saxophone in 1915, and then learned to double on clarinet.

He formed a band with his brother Tommy, then in 1924 joined the California Ramblers (who were based in New York City). He did much free lance radio and recording work throughout the 1920s. He joined Ted Lewis's band in 1930, with who he toured Europe.

After returning to the USA he worked briefly with Rudy Vallee and several other bandleaders, in addition to the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra with Tommy. Tommy broke off to form his own band in 1935. Jimmy continued leading his own band until the start of the 1950s. In 1953 he joined Tommy's Orchestra, renamed "The Fabulous Dorseys"; he took over leadership of the orchestra after Tommy's death.

Now what they didnt mention of course is his playing with Bix Beiderbecke and the Whiteman Orchestra, and also with the great singer Annette Hanshaw, but never mind , here are some tracks that make up for that.

Beebe (http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/dorseybros/beebe2.ram). Wow, just listen to his virtuosity, this was recorded in 1932.

Next from 1929 two tracks from the same session featuring Bing Crosby,

Let's Do It (http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/dorseybros/letsdoit.ram)

and My Kind of Love (http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/dorseybros/mykindoflove.ram)

Now a tune with a vocal by Smith Ballew, (though I much prefer the Annette Hanshaw version), Mean to Me (http://www.redhotjazz.com/Songs/dorseybros/meantome.ram).

Next HTOTW, (Xandros permitting) will feature Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra after his partnership with Bix Beiderbecke had ended.