Orchestra swings into town

00:00, Jul 22 2014

A 1940s-style American big band will be swinging into Palmerston North this week, bringing musicians, dancers, singers and some old soul style to the Regent on Broadway.

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognised as one of the greatest of the big bands from the 1940s and Tommy Dorsey was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing". One of the big band leaders of that era, Dorsey won Grammy Awards for I'll Never Smile Again and I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.

Houston-based singer Bryan Anthony will be part of the showcase, singing from what he calls "the great American song book", including songs from Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Harry James and Woody Herman.

Anthony said Sinatra sang with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra when he was a young man, before he got really big. "We are reconnecting with that time. The show is like a time capsule transporting people to the big swing era when swing was king. I put music into a good and bad category and this is all good, something for everyone."

Anthony will be joined by The Swing Sisters performing the greatest hits of the Andrew Sisters, accompanied by swing dance group the Hollywood Jive Dancers.

Anthony turned a hobby into a career after he went to study in New York and gained a masters degree in jazz and studio music. He has released three albums and spends six months of the year touring with various orchestras, jazz and brass bands.

"I love it, touring is great and I get to see new countries and it keeps things fresh."

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in The Kings of Swing will be at the Regent on Broadway on Sunday.


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