Tag: #TommyDorsey

In Finegan’s Wake: a Salute to Master Arranger Bill Finegan – Part 1.

The story: This post is not about James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Rather, it is a look back at the musical heritage that master swing era (and later) arranger Bill Finegan has left us. William James Finegan (1917-2008), lived a long and musically productive life.Indeed, he was writing music professionally for over seventy years. Aficionados of his […]

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Young (and not so) Old Blue Eyes

“Everything Happens to Me” Composed by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair; arranged by Axel Stordahl. Recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra for Victor on February 7, 1941 in New York. Thomas Francis Dorsey, Jr., first trombone, directing: Ziggy Elman, Chuck Peterson, Ray Linn and Jimmy Blake, trumpets; George Arus, Les Jenkins, Lowell Martin, trombones; […]

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On the Air with the Great Bands (1940) Tommy Dorsey–“Hallelujah!”

Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra live over the NBC radio network, June 1, 1940 Astor (Hotel) Roof, New York City. “Hallelujah!” Composed by Vincent Youmans; Arranged by Sy Oliver. Tommy Dorsey, first and solo trombone; directing: Bunny Berigan, Ray Linn, Jimmy Blake, Leon Debrow, trumpets; George Arus, Les Jenkins, Lowell Martin, trombones; Hymie Shertzer, Freddie […]

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Bud, Benny and the High Holidays

With the approach the High Holidays of the Jewish faith each year, I think of the pioneering jazz tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman. Although Bud was Jewish, I think it accurate to describe him as a secular or non-practicing Jew. However he practiced his faith, he was aware of the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah […]

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