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.