The Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in SFJAZZ's Battle of the Bands
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The last date listed for SFJAZZ's Battle of the Bands was Sunday May 24, 2009 / 7:00pm.
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Featured review from Ron
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If you like swing music and its golden era, this was paradise for you. Fabulous venue, snappily dressed crowd, a bit of swing dancing, and superb orchestras engaged in a good-natured "battle" with each other (except when they combined for a few boffo numbers). I have to give the nod to the Glenn Miller Orchestra by a whisker, but only because that band had more recognizable material (e.g., timeless classics like Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Cho-Cho and a bring-down-the-house rendition of In The Mood that even had the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and its octogenarian leader snapping fingers and clapping along with the crowd). I'm really glad I chose to attend this one.
A double-barreled blast from the past brings together two of the Swing Era’s most beloved orchestras in an affectionate—but fiercely contested—battle of the bands. Trombonist Glenn Miller led the most popular orchestra of World War II until his death in a plane crash in December 1944. The Miller family re-formed the band in 1956, and it’s been on the road ever since preserving the sweet swing sound exemplified by smash hits like “In The Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade” and “Tuxedo Junction.”
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra has carried on the great legacy of the Sentimental Gentleman of Swing since the trombonist’s death in 1956, a legacy that includes launching the career of Frank Sinatra. The Dorsey and Miller orchestras first faced off at last year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. For the highly anticipated rematch the two bands will share the stage, fighting it out for top honors with their enduring repertoires.
About the Ticket Supplier: SFJAZZSFJAZZ presents a wealth of year-round programs, including the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Jazz Festival, the SFJAZZ Spring Season and numerous community outreach and education programs.
Founded in 1983 under the name of Jazz in the City, the organization adopted its new identity as SFJAZZ in late 1999, in recognition of its expansion from seasonal music presenter to year-round arts institution.
All SFJAZZ programs reflect a spirit of artistic exploration, embracing the full breadth of jazz and its related musics; emphasize thematic programming, with tributes to jazz masters and celebrations of particular musical instruments, trends or styles; and strive to instill enthusiasm for jazz among wider audiences.