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Jimmy Dorsey

James Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and big band leader. He was known as "JD". He recorded and composed the jazz and pop standards "I'm Glad There Is You (In This World of Ordinary People)" and "It's The Dreamer In Me". His other major recordings were "Tailspin", "John Silver", "So Many Times", "Amapola", "Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)", "Pennies from Heaven" with Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and Frances Langford, "Grand Central Getaway", and "So Rare". He played clarinet on the seminal jazz standards "Singin' the Blues" in 1927 and the original 1930 recording of "Georgia on My Mind", both inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 29th, 1904 (Shenandoah), Died June 12th, 1957 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, clarinet, leader, baritone saxophone, songwriter, composer, trumpet, cornet, arranger, saxophone

Notes: Sometimes listed as James Dorsey.

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 604 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-27268 10-in. 1/11/1928 Parade of the wooden soldiers Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-30172 10-in. 1/12/1928 San Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, cornet  
Victor BVE-37584 10-in. 1/31/1927 Hoosier sweetheart Jean Goldkette Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor CVE-40901 12-in. 11/18/1927 Washboard blues Hoagy Carmichael ; Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-40937 10-in. 11/23/1927 Changes Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-40945 10-in. 11/25/1927 Mary (What are you waiting for?) Bing Crosby ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-41294 10-in. 1/4/1928 Smile Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-41295 10-in. 1/4/1928 Lonely melody Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-41296 10-in. 1/5/1928 O, ya ya Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-41297 10-in. 1/5/1928 Dolly Dimples Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor CVE-41465 12-in. 1/24/1928 My heart stood still Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-41471 10-in. 1/28/1928 Back in your own back yard Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-41607 10-in. 1/11/1928 Ol' Man River Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor CVE-41635 12-in. 1/21/1928 Together Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-41681 10-in. 2/8/1928 There ain't no sweet man that's worth the salt of my tears Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and chorus instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-41683 10-in. 2/9/1928 Dardanella Bix Beiderbecke ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-41688 10-in. 2/13/1928 Sunshine Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BVE-62301 10-in. 5/21/1930 Barnacle Bill, the sailor Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra ; Carson Robison Jazz/dance band, with 2 male vocal solos and male vocal chorus instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BVE-63653 10-in. 9/15/1930 Georgia (on my mind) Hoagy Carmichael ; Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BRC-70132 10-in. 7/29/1931 Kiss me goodnight, not goodbye Paul Small ; The Troubadours Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BRC-70133 10-in. 7/29/1931 A little less of moonlight Nathaniel Shilkret ; Paul Small ; Victor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BRC-70134 10-in. 7/29/1931 I apologize Nathaniel Shilkret ; Paul Small ; Victor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-82319 10-in. 4/17/1934 Tail spin Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-022414 10-in. 4/8/1938 It's the dreamer in me Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-022936 10-in. 4/28/1938 It's the dreamer in me Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
(Results 1-25 of 604 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Jimmy," accessed November 30, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103670.

Dorsey, Jimmy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103670.

"Dorsey, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 30 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103670

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