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Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 43 members
Review from Patricia Pitpitan
31 events 8 reviews

Wonderful music. The bands were amazing.

The seats we got were not together; one was in back of the other. I think that's odd. It also took us over a half-hour to get our tickets through will-call, so we missed the beginning of the show...continued

reviewed May 24 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
24 events 5 reviews

Tommy Dorsey Big Band and Glenn Miller Big Band continue today, lead by actual members from those Big Bands. They compete song after song on the same stage with guest singers and fabulous classics. It was good fun, arrive early at the Davies...continued

reviewed May 24 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Kevin Silva
22 events 1 review

I loved it. The bands were great. The only letdown was the way they said there would be no encore.

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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.

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