Tickets: $25-$65 +fee; available at www.patchoguetheatre.com, the box office, or by phone 631-207-1313
In Big Band history, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognized as one of the best all-around dance bands. It could swing with the best of them. Tommy Dorsey, “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”, was a master at creating warm, sentimental, and always musical moods – at superb dancing and listening tempos.
Frank Sinatra’s career blossomed with Dorsey and with Sinatra’s vocals the band became more successful than ever. Frank had often admitted that listening to Tommy helped him develop his phrasing and breathing, along with his musical taste and knowledge. Sy Oliver infused the band with a new musical spirit of a gentler version of the rocking, rhythmic sounds that he had created for Jimmy Lunceford, toned down somewhat and played with more precision by the Dorsey Band. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra still represents explosive and swinging Big Band entertainment at its very best.