Category Archives: Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey’s Greatest Band

Few big bands were quite the extreme study in contrasts as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra of the early 1940s. It could blast the roof off with high-energy swing and then turn around and play the lushest, most romantic sounds imaginable. … Continue reading

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Big Band Boogie

The most joyous of all jazz styles has to be that rollicking form of blues piano known as boogie-woogie. During the Swing Era, big bands took boogie-woogie, dressed it up in brass and saxophones and ignited a new musical craze. … Continue reading

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Swingin’ Sounds and Sights

If I could travel in time, I’d go back to the Swing Era. I’d stop by the Savoy Ballroom and witness the Count Basie orchestra challenging drummer Chick Webb’s group in a battle of the bands. Then I’d join the … Continue reading

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