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Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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SFJAZZ's Battle of the Bands
43 ratings
4.7 average rating
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Patricia Pitpitan
31 events
8 reviews
1 stars
attended May 24 2009

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

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5 reviews
10 stars
attended May 24 2009

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

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1 review
8 stars
attended May 24 2009

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.

About the Ticket Supplier: SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ 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.