A Great American Jazz Clarinetist, Saxophonist, Trumpeter, Composer and Big BandLeader of the Swing Jazz Era
James “Jimmy” Dorsey was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania February 29, 1904. Jimmy Dorsey was the older brother of Tommy Dorsey who was also a famous musician in the big band era. The brothers played together in the beginning years of their musical careers in bands like the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, which was later changed to Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Jimmy continued leading his own band until early 1950s. Jimmy passed away June 12, 1957 soon after his younger brother Tommy Dorsey who died November 26, 1956.