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by Peter J. Levinson

  • Author: Peter J. Levinson
  • ISBN: 0306811111
  • ISBN13: 978-0306811111
  • ePub: 1144 kb | FB2: 1260 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Music
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (October 17, 2005)
  • Pages: 384
  • Rating: 4.3/5
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Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way--A Biography ePub download

Tommy Dorsey molded his bands toward perfection, and he also helped in a cantankerous way to mold his musicians, often firing them for no reason, and then hiring them back the next day. Tommy demanded excellence and got it. While reading, I listened to the CD's by both of the brothers.

Tommy Dorsey molded his bands toward perfection, and he also helped in a cantankerous way to mold his musicians, often firing them for no reason, and then hiring them back the next day. While reading, I listened to the CD's by both of the brothers and the magic of their playing made reading this biography even more enjoyable. Put on some Dorsey big band music and enjoy the sentimental sounds of great music history. 2 people found this helpful.

Swing has never gone out of style. His next book was Tommy Dorsey: Livin’ in a Great Big Way (2005), which told how Sinatra patterned himself after Dorsey, the trombonist and bandleader, in everything from his way of breathing while singing to his wardrobe to his dashing self-assuredness. A fourth book, Puttin’ on the Ritz: Fred Astaire and the Fine Art of Panache - a Biography, was published in March, 2009. Books by Peter J. Levinson

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The first biography on Dorsey in more than thirty years, Tommy Dorsey is a dazzling portrait of the Big Band's brightest star- his tumultuous life, his turbulent times, and the unforgettable music that made him a legend. Format Paperback 384 pages.

Peter J. Levinson, the author of Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry James and September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle, is a jazz publicist who lives in Malibu, California. He is at work on a book about the artistry of Fred Astaire. com bookstore provides you with a catalog of 200 books associated with the jazz standards. With the purchase of Kobo VIP Membership, you're getting 10% off and 2x Kobo Super Points on eligible items. Your Shopping Cart is empty. There are currently no items in your Shopping Cart.

Swing has never gone out of style. It was the music the Greatest Generation danced to-and went to war to. And no musician evokes the Big Band era more strikingly than Tommy Dorsey, whose soaring trombone play and hit tunes influenced popular music for a generation. Tommy Dorsey (1905-1956) led a rich and complex life. Beginning with his childhood in the coal mining towns of Pennsylvania, we follow the young trombonist's journey to fame and fortune during the jazz age. Tommy, with his brother Jimmy, created one of the most popular bands of the era and played with such giants as Bing Crosby and Glenn Miller. They also launched the career of a skinny young singer named Frank Sinatra. But Tommy's volcanic personality eventually split the band and Tommy went off on his own. Drawing on exhaustive new research and scores of interviews with the musicians who knew him best, Levinson delves into Dorsey's famously eccentric lifestyle and his oversize appetite for drink, women, and perfection. The first biography on Dorsey in more than thirty years, Tommy Dorsey is a dazzling portrait of the Big Band era's brightest star-his tumultuous life, his turbulent times, and the unforgettable music that made him a legend.
Viashal
Tommy Dorsey had a very strong dad who wanted his kids to avoid working in the depths of the coal mines in eastern Pennsylvania. Peter Levinson explains how the Dorseys' father taught them music, insisted on music careers, and drove Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey to the top of the big band charts in the 1930s and 1940s.

Of course, along the way there was a different kind of chaos in their music careers. The Dorseys, huge rivals, argued incessantly, stopped being friends and referred to each other as "The Brother." For 30 years, their careers dovetailed with Tommy being the young but more aggressive bother and Jimmy being the older but softer kid.

Most band members thought they learned more with Tommy, but they also thought Jimmy was the nicer guy. Tommy Dorsey molded his bands toward perfection, and he also helped in a cantankerous way to mold his musicians, often firing them for no reason, and then hiring them back the next day. Tommy demanded excellence and got it.

While reading, I listened to the CD's by both of the brothers and the magic of their playing made reading this biography even more enjoyable. Put on some Dorsey big band music and enjoy the sentimental sounds of great music history.
Oso
I bought this book after reading the author's biography of Harry James, and enjoyed it almost as much. The format is the same: a chronological story of Dorsey, beginning with his childhood in the coal country through to his early death as a big band icon. The book is long on detail, providing extensive information on Dorseys musical career: the lead to and then success of the "Tommy Dorsey Band", including rosters of musicians (which were changing constantly) singers, writers and arrangers, etc; also, concert dates, recording sessions, radio shows, cross-country tours, movie appearances and finally the TV shows promoted by Jackie Gleason. It is all diligently chronicled. Dorsey's personal life (three wives), and contentious relationship with "the Brother" is given almost equal attention.

Of course, Dorsey was known as much for his charismatic and mercurial personality as he was for his musical talents and influence on the big-band era, and this is really what makes the book so interesting.

The anecdotes and "color' come through first-hand accounts by people who interacted directly with Dorsey professionally, personally, or both.( Dorsey's last wife was even interviewed ). The author was lucky to finish the book when he did as many of those people giving the first-hand accoutns have passed on ( including the author himself). It is these commentaries on the "bigger than life" Dorsey that make the story so compelling. Future histories of this era in American entertainment will never be able to capture this aspect of the story as the eyewitnesses and players are now almost all gone.

If there is any quibble with the book it would be with the ending which is a little too sentimental(ironic for the sentimental gentleman?), and almost maudlin in regards to Dorsey's death and legacy. Otherwise, I think this is a book for fans and historians alike of the swing era, and American entertainment in general. 4 1/2 stars
Xig
Loved the book! Saw an old interview with the author on PCN - Pennsylvania Cable Network. That got me interested in the book.
The interview is available through PCN by the way.
So much information in the book. Tommy was a complex man. A great bandleader. He had so many different musicians in his orchestra. I believe he fired Sinatra twice. He would fire and rehire.
Tommy aged quickly. He died at the age of 51, but looked more than ten years older than that.
The book does give information on 'the brother', Jimmy. Jimmy died before he was 55 also. Jim is buried in Shenandoah Pa. - Tommy is buried in New York State.
Great book! If you have any interest big bands and their music, do get this book. You will enjoy it.
Gietadia
From a professional musicians viewpoint this book is fantastic. I know many of the players from the later years and have heard bits and pieces from them over the years especially the part about coming back from South America broke and having to sleep on the beach. Folks, you just can't make this stuff up. Today's musicians learn there trade in college these days instead of going on the road and its a shame. Band leaders like Tommy Dorsey don't exist any more and the business is the worst for it
Arashitilar
For those who wonder what it was like in the "big band" era - especially on the inside - this book is a gem. It gives an unvarnished picture of the origins and workings of the big bands and provides a personal in-depth look at one of the founders. If you wonder about the story of the horse's head told in the Godfather Movie or if you are nostalgic about the music and its producers in the heyday, this is the book for you. Tommy was certainly no saint, but he helped change the way music is performed to this day.
melody of you
I thought this bio on Tommy Dorsey was well written and flowed smoothly. It was also informative. The author knew how to mix both personal and career information into the book. If you're looking for a book with mush and angelic tints, this book is not for you. Conversely, if you're looking for a book that just slings mud, this isn't it either. I think the author was truthful in the bio.
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