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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 (Results 176-200 of 615 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 39281 10-in. 1/26/1935 The words are in my heart Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39282 10-in. 1/26/1935 I'm goin' shoppin' with you Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39292 10-in. 1/29/1935 I believe in miracles Greta Keller instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39293 10-in. 1/29/1935 Blue moon Greta Keller instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39337 10-in. 2/6/1935 Harlem chapel chimes Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39338 10-in. 2/6/1935 I've got your number Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39339 10-in. 2/6/1935 You're O.K. Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39340 10-in. 2/6/1935 Weary blues Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39341 12-in. 2/6/1935 Weary blues Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39342 10-in. 2/6/1935 Tailspin Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39343 10-in. 2/6/1935 Eccentric Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39344 10-in. 2/6/1935 Dese dem dose Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39345 10-in. 2/6/1935 Dippermouth blues Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39346 10-in. 2/6/1935 Tomorrow's another day Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39539 10-in. 5/27/1935 Footloose and fancy free Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39540 10-in. 5/27/1935 Every little moment Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39541 10-in. 5/27/1935 You're all I need Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39542 10-in. 5/27/1935 I'll never say never again again Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39543 10-in. 5/27/1935 Chasing shadows Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39544 10-in. 5/27/1935 Ev'ry single little tingle of my heart Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39797 10-in. 8/1/1935 My very good friend the milkman The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39798 10-in. 8/1/1935 You' re so darn charming The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39799 10-in. 8/1/1935 No strings The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39800 10-in. 8/1/1935 Top hat, white tie and tails The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39801 10-in. 8/1/1935 You saved my life The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
(Results 176-200 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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