Personalities | Jimmy Dorsey | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Bandleader, alto saxophone, clarinet, 1904–57)

Thoroughly educated in music as a child, Jimmy Dorsey freelanced in New York in the early 1930s, recording frequently with brother Tommy as the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra. They formed a working band in 1934 but split up in 1935. Jimmy carried on, backing Bing Crosby on radio and recording prolifically for Decca. He came into his own in the 1940s, largely on the popularity of his two vocalists, Bob Eberle and Helen O’Connell. In 1957 he scored an unexpected hit with ‘So Rare’.

Styles & Forms | Thirties | Jazz & Blues
Personalities | Tommy Dorsey | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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