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OFAM 2023 - If Only In My Dreams
I'll Never Smile Again
The Dorsey Brothers & WWII
Tue, Aug 8
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Verda Giustina
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Verda Giustina
Concert sponsor
QSL Print Communications
OFAM 2023 Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor
  • Description
  • Personnel
Peter & Will Anderson offer up another of their Festival specials with this deep dive into the work of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey during the World War II years. Of they pair, they write: "Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, born in 1905 and 1906 by Irish immigrants in Pennsylvania, became of the most highly regarded big-band leaders and instrumentalists particularly during the World War Two Years. Their father was a coal miner and music teacher, and the brothers were already performing on trombone and saxophone professionally as teenagers. In the 1920s and early 30s, Tommy and Jimmy had a successful Dorsey Brothers band, recording with the likes of Jack Teagarden, Bing Crosby, and Glenn Miller. In May 1935, despite all their successes, they abruptly split up the band and each started their own competing orchestras. During the war, homesick American soldiers were soothed by the melancholy and romantic sounds of the Dorsey orchestras. Tommy was known for his smooth-toned, clean trombone playing on ballads, and Jimmy made his mark with virtuosic saxophone and clarinet playing on his own brilliant compositions. After a decade of intense competition, the brothers finally rejoined at the end of the war in 1945, and then soon after in 1947 starred in the MGM film The Fabulous Dorseys. One could not help to think that, despite their differences, Tommy and Jimmy were twins, similar in their age, ambition, passion for music."
Event Personnel
Will Anderson, co-director
Peter Anderson, co-director
Randy Porter, piano
Nicki Parrott, bass
Chuck Redd, drums, vibes
Randy Napoleon, guitar
Will Anderson, reeds
Peter Anderson, reeds
Dan Barrett, trombone
August, 2023
Tu 08 7:30 pI'll Never Smile Again: Eugene
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Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
QSL Print Communications
OFAM 2023 Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor