Dorsey Orchestra coming to Brewton Tuesday night
By By LYDIA GRIMES – Features writer
Fans of the “big band” era will be treated to a special surprise performance Tuesday night when the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra will appear at Jefferson Davis Community College's Woodfin Patterson Auditorium.
The Brewton Arts Council will present the concert, which is made possible by a grant form the Curtis Finlay Foundation. The appearance will bring a “blast of the past” to those who remember the Big Band Sound and will surely convert some of the younger listeners as well.
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was recognized as one of the best all-around dance bands. Dorsey, known as “the sentimental gentleman of swing,” was a master at creating warm, sentimental and musical moods.
The band's play list includes “Night Train,” “Once in a While,” “Marie,” “In the mood,” “Song of India,” “Opus NO. One,” “Stardust,” “Swanee River,” “Chicago Medley,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “I'll Never Smile Again,” “Little Brown Jug,” “Skylark,” “Hawaiian War Chant,” “Night and Day,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “A Foggy Day,” “Stardust,” “Boogie Woogie,” “Moten Swing,” “Without a Song,” “That's a Plenty,” and “Don't Cry for Me, Argentina.”
Buddy Morrow, conductor of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, is recognized as one of the all-time great trombone players. He first came to prominence as a featured performer with such leading orchestras as Tommy Dorsey, Paul Whiteman, Artie Shaw and Jimmy Dorsey.
He, as conductor of the “The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra,” insists that the band retain the authentic sound and style of the late Tommy Dorsey. The band's repertoire not only includes the classics of the original Dorsey Orchestra, but it covers popular music from Dixieland, rhythm and blues, ballads, jazz and current tunes.
But what draws most of the audience members are the old familiar tunes from the 1940s. Those who loved it then still remember the era off the “big band.”
Buddy Morrow is one of the rare and original Big Band leaders of today; a man whose skill on his horn is both an inspiration to his band and a thrill to audiences wherever he appears.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. For ticket information, contact the Brewton Council of the Arts office at 867-2747.