CLCA presents the Jimmy Dorsey OrchestraThe Central Lakes Concert Association (CLCA) is proud to announce its next performance – the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
The Central Lakes Concert Association (CLCA) is proud to announce its next performance – the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
This is the next-to-the-last performance this season.
The concert will take place Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Jefferson High School.
Audience members should fondly recall the big band music of the 30s, 40s and 50s when the fabulous 16-piece Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra takes the stage.
The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra began in the spring of 1934 as the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, jointly led by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.
In early June of 1935, after a dispute over the tempo of a tune, Tommy Dorsey walked off the bandstand and Jimmy became the sole leader.
Jimmy Dorsey was considered one of the finest clarinet and alto sax players of his day, and was always playing solos that simply amazed his fellow musicians, as well as his audiences.
As circumstances had it, Jimmy died in June of 1957, just after he received a gold record for “So Rare.”
For the next 43 years, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra continued under the leadership of the great trumpeter Lee Castle and then later, the baton was passed down to Jim Miller.
Currently, the orchestra is under the director of trombonist Bill Tole, whose sweet, smooth and sentimental style takes audience members from the 30s right through the decades to the present.
In the early 1990s, Nancy Knorr, the lead singer for the Pied Pipers, became the featured vocalist, recreating a tribute to Helen O’Connell with her own style and ease.
The audience is sure to relive all the greatest hits including Tangerine, Green Eyes, Song of India, JD’s Boogie Woogie, Embraceable You, It Had to be You and So Rare, just to name a few.
For a preview of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, visit the Web site at www.jimmydorseyorchestra.com.
Newcomers to the Alexandria area who are interested in joining the Central Lakes Concert Association should contact Jan Johnson at (320) 762-1350 or Bernita Darveaux at (320) 763-6248 to purchase season tickets.