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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 29, 1904 (Shenandoah), Died June 12, 1957 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1946

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

Notes: Sometimes listed as James Dorsey.

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 615 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W400144 10-in. 3/14/1928 Coquette (Coqueta) Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W400145 10-in. 3/14/1928 The Yale blues Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W400633 10-in. 4/24/1928 Indian cradle song Dorsey Brothers Orchestra ; Seger Ellis Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W400634 10-in. 4/24/1928 My melancholy baby Dorsey Brothers Orchestra ; Seger Ellis Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W400698 10-in. 5/22/1928 That's my mammy Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W400699 10-in. 5/22/1928 Dixie dawn Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W400740 10-in. 6/4/1928 Evening star (Help me find my man) Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W400741 10-in. 6/4/1928 Forgetting you Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W400781 10-in. 6/12/1928 God's river blues Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble instrumentalist, clarinet  
OKeh W400812 10-in. 6/21/1928 Memories of France Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio leader  
OKeh W400813 10-in. 6/21/1928 Come back, Chiquita Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401159 10-in. 9/27/1928 The blue room Rube Bloom ; Joe Venuti's Blue Four Jazz/dance quintet, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
OKeh W401160 10-in. 9/27/1928 Sensation Joe Venuti's Blue Four Jazz/dance quintet, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, baritone saxophone  
OKeh W401169 10-in. 9/29/1928 'Round evening Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401170 10-in. 9/29/1928 Out of the dawn Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401171 10-in. 9/29/1928 Cherry Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401385 10-in. 11/21/1928 Sally of my dreams Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401386 10-in. 11/21/1928 She's funny that way Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal quartet leader  
OKeh W401387 10-in. 11/21/1928 Cross roads Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401449 10-in. 12/12/1928 My honey's lovin' arms Joe Venuti's Blue Four Jazz/dance quintet, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, baritone saxophone, trumpet, clarinet  
OKeh W401450 10-in. 12/12/1928 Goin' home Joe Venuti's Blue Four Jazz/dance quintet, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, baritone saxophone, trumpet, alto saxophone  
OKeh W401560 10-in. 1/26/1929 The spell of the blues Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401561 10-in. 1/26/1929 Let's do it (Let's fall in love) Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401562 10-in. 1/26/1929 My kinda love (One way to paradise) Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401715 10-in. 3/15/1929 Mean to me Smith Ballew ; Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet leader  
(Results 51-75 of 615 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Jimmy," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103670.

Dorsey, Jimmy. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103670.

"Dorsey, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 January 2023.

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

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