Legendary Big Bands
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Legendary Big Bands

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The Greatest Big Bands of the 20th Century


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Legendary Big Bands

Legendary Big BandsThe Greatest Big Bands of the 20th Century


The World Famous, Glenn Miller Orchestra, the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Nick Hilscher is the orchestra’s present music director.


In Big Band history, Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra is recognized as one of the best all-around dance bands. It could swing with the best of them, and no other band could come close to Tommy’s when it came to playing ballads. Tommy Dorsey, “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,” was a master at creating warm, sentimental, and always musical moods – at superb dancing and listening tempos. Tommy sustained these moods through the arrangements of Paul Weston, Axel Stordahl, and Sy Oliver, and showcased singers who could project them brilliantly.


Music Director Bill Tole has recorded with legendary artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and many others over the past four decades. He portrayed the part of Tommy Dorsey in the movie “New York New York” in 1977, starring Liza Minelli and Robert DeNiro. Bill has continued his musical credentials as the leader of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. The combined energy of the band with Bill’s sweet, smooth, sentimental style will take the listening audience from the 1940’s right through the decades to the present day.  


Great music is still around – you just have to know where to look for it. If you are longing for the greatest popular music of the 20th century, you’ve come to the right place. Fred Radke and the Harry James Orchestra have entertained folks of all ages, at all types of venues, including intimate private parties, weddings, conventions, cruise ships, formal concerts, and international tours. The group, along with the talented and beautiful vocalist Gina Funes, features show-tunes, standards, love songs, and music from the golden age of swing.


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