SINATRA ON SONG
The big band that led king crooner Frank Sinatra to fame, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, is celebrating the singer’s 100th anniversary
The music that made Frank Sinatra famous will be celebrated and played by the band that set his star rising, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Renowned as the Sentimental Gentleman of Swing, Dorsey groomed the young Sinatra for legend status. And leading the band which is still going strong is Iowa native Terry Myers.
When reed player Myers first got involved with the orchestra in 1986, he never dreamt he would end up running the show.
“A wonderful trombonist named Buddy Morrow was in charge of the band at the time and he led it for more than 30 years,” Myers says.
“At that stage, Buddy was on the road about 40 weeks a year with the band. He would call me when he, say, just lost his tenor sax and needed a fillin, usually for a few weeks.
“Who knew I would end up filling every reed chair in the sax section and Buddy would become my best friend?”
Myers would become “fully immersed” in big band music thanks to Morrow and the orchestra.
“He even helped me start my own Benny Goodman band in the early ’90s,” he says.
A celebration of Sinatra’s 100th birthday anniversary, Myers says this tour is “to pay tribute to the music and the origins” of Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Singer Bryan Anthony will perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.