Movie: The Fabulous Dorseys

Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey play themselves in this 1947 bio-pic. It tells the story of their boyhood in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania through their rise to musical prominence, their acrimonious break-up, formation of successful individual bands, and final personal reunion.

The storyline is perfunctory, but the film accurately portrays their music and musical rivalry. Paul Whiteman, Helen O’Connell, Charlie Barnet and Art Tatum all make cameo appearances. Barnet and Tatum perform in a solid jam session.

Jimmy’s composition and theme tune ‘Contrasts’ is featured in the movie, along with songs associated with the Dorseys; ‘Green Eyes’, ‘Tangerine’, ‘I’ll never Smile Again’, and ‘I’m Getting Sentimental Over You’.

Download ‘The Jazz Centre UK movies October / November 2018’:
October-November Movies PDF

All films are shown at the Beecroft Art Gallery
Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX.
2pm Entrance free

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