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Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey
Date Issued: 1996-09-11
Postage Value: 32 cents

Commemorative issue
American Music Series - Big Band Leaders
Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey

Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey were brothers, from a small Pennsylvania mining town, who went on to great fame as musicians and bank leaders. Under the guidance of their music-teacher father, they were proficient enough with their respective instruments of choice – Jimmy the clarinet and alto sax and Tommy the trombone – to leave Shenandoah, PA, and tour with bands. By 1925, when they were 20 and 19, respectively, they were in New York working as free-lance section players and soloists. They formed their first band, in 1920, while still living at home.  Eight years later they formalized a band in New York City. In 1934 they split, with each to lead his own band. With only brief reuniting, they continued their career separately.
 

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