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Jimmy Dorsey

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: February 29, 1904 | Died: June 12, 1957    

Jimmy Dorsey

James “Jimmy” Dorsey the older of the two Dorsey brothers was a child prodigy who began his musical career at the age seven playing the slide trumpet and cornet with his father's brass band at local parties. His father was a working class man who wanted a better life for his children and made them study music, diligently. By the time he was 17, Jimmy was playing with the Jean Goldkette band with Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer.

During the 1920's the Goldkette Orchestra had broken up, and Jimmy, along with Bix and Trumbauer joined Paul Whiteman's group. Jimmy left Whiteman's group and freelanced around playing with Red Nichols. In 1933 Jimmy and younger brother Tommy formed their famous Dorsey Brothers Orchestra which included drummer Ray McKinley, trombonist Glenn Miller and singer Bob Crosby....
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    The Jimmy Dorsey Collection - 20 Golden Greats

    HighNote
    1986
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    Big Bands: Jimmy Dorsey

    HighNote
    1984
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    Green Eyes / The Breeze And I

    HighNote
    1980
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    The Uncollected Jimmy Dorsey1939 - 1940

    HighNote
    1978
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    1939 - 1940

    HighNote
    1977
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    Jay Dee's Boogie Woogie / So Rare

    HighNote
    1975
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    The Best Of Jimmy Dorsey

    HighNote
    1975
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