Bandleader Tommy Dorsey
Trombonist ~ Bandleader
birth name: Thomas Francis Dorsey, Jr.

Tommy Dorsey

November 19, 1905, Baltimore, MD ~ November 26, 1956, Greenwich, CT

An American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as ‘The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,’ due to his smooth-toned trombone playing. He was the younger brother of bandleader Jimmy Dorsey. After Dorsey broke with his brother in the mid-1930s, he led an extremely popular and highly successful band from the late 1930s into the 1950s. ~ Wikipedia: Tommy Dorsey ~ retrieved November 15, 2013 © Wikipedia

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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 inventive arrangers such as Sy Oliver and Bill Finegan. He was the biggest-selling artist in the history of RCA Victor Records, one of the major labels, until the arrival of Elvis Presley, who was first given national exposure on the 1950s television show he hosted with his brother Jimmy. ~ Allmusic: Tommy Dorsey ~ retrieved November 15, 2013 © Allmusic

Tommy Dorsey ~ Inducted in the 1981 Big Band And Jazz Hall Of Fame.



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