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« on: Feb 22, 2017, 10:07AM »

I'll be heading out on a short 10 day tour with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra later this week.

It is a great book; much more modern and hip than I would have imagined.

Here is our schedule in case anyone wishes to come out to catch the band.

16: Jefferson, TX
17: Arlington, TX
18: Austin, TX
19: Lubbock, TX

21: Boulder, CO
22: Lincoln, NE
23: Sioux Falls, SD
24: Coralville, IA


I haven't been provided with specific venues yet. I'll add them later.
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 22, 2017, 12:31PM »

Hey Greg...  I love that book. I played it with Sam Donahue and Larry O'Brien in 1962/3. Well ahead of its time.  Enjoy it!!!
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 22, 2017, 05:09PM »

Nice. Nice cats on the band. It is always a gas
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 22, 2017, 06:28PM »

Greg...Are those Calendar Dates Specific?
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 22, 2017, 09:19PM »

Greg...Are those Calendar Dates Specific?

Yes. I haven't been provided a complete tour agenda with venues yet, but I should soon.
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 23, 2017, 02:48AM »

Hey Greg...  I love that book. I played it with Sam Donahue and Larry O'Brien in 1962/3. Well ahead of its time.  Enjoy it!!!

Chip, please tell us some more about being in that band with Larry? i guess there where still a number of guys who had been in the band with the brothers?
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 24, 2017, 08:49AM »

Chip, please tell us some more about being in that band with Larry? i guess there where still a number of guys who had been in the band with the brothers?
Tommy died in 1956 and Jimmy died shortly after that, so the band broke up. Warren Covington had the Tommy Dorsey Orch. for a short time around 1959 or 1960. I'm not sure of the exact time frame. Larry O'Brien and I were together on Buddy Morrow's band in 1960/61. Sam Donahue formed a new TD Orch. in 1962 and he asked Larry O'Brien to come over to play Tommy's parts. Larry was a GREAT ballad player and especially after 2 years with Buddy, he had it perfected. Since I had been with Larry on Buddy's band, he asked to have me come on the band. At that time, there were no TD alumni in the band (except for singer Bill Raymond who spent some time with the band in the 50's.) In late 1962, we started doing very long concert tours and we were joined by The Pied Pipers, Helen Forrest and Ziggy Elman. After a few months, Ziggy left and Charlie Shavers came on. We still had with us as vocalists, (besides all the others) Bill Raymond and Jeanne Thomas. While I was with the band, the original TD personnel were; Bill Raymond, Ziggy Elman, Charlie Shavers and the Pied Pipers. That was a band loaded with great musicians, starting with Sam Donahue, who played great and was dearly loved and respected by the band. Larry O'Brien did a wonderful job with Tommy's book.
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 12, 2017, 09:54PM »

Greg...Are those Calendar Dates Specific?

March 16
Visitor Transportation Bldg
305 E. Austin
Jefferson TX
7:00 -9:00

March 17
Arlington Music Hall
224 N. Center St
Arlington TX
7:30 - 9:30

March 18
The Austin Club
110 E 9th St
Austin TX
concert/dance: 7:45 - 10:00

March 19th
The Cactus Theater
1812 Buddy Holly Lane
Lubbock TX
7:00 - 9:00

March 21
Boulder Dinner Theater
5501 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder CO
1:30 - 3:30 and 7:45 - 9:45

March 22
Pla Mar Ballroom
6600 West St
Lincoln NE
7:30 - 10:30

March 23
El Riad Mosque
510 S. Philips Ave
Sioux Falls SD
7:00 - 10:00

March 24
Coralville Center Performing Arts Center
1301 5th St
Coralville IO
7:00 - 9:00

March 25
Poretta's
3718 N. Central Ave
Chicago IL
8:30 - 11:30
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