The Anderson Twins Play the Fabulous Dorseys

Archived Show


Produced by:
Reardon-Anderson Music
September 11 - October 07, 2012
Run Time:
0 Hour, 0 Minute
Showing in Theater

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Written and Directed by Peter and Will Anderson

Born in 1905 and 1906, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey were raised in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania by Irish immigrants.  Their father was a music teacher and coal miner.  By the time Tommy and Jimmy were teenagers, they were already working professionally on their respective instruments, trombone and saxophone.  Together, as the Dorsey Brothers band, they had their first hit in 1929, "Coquette" for Okeh records.  They recorded for Decca and Columbia, and hired the likes of Jack Teagarden, Bing Crosby, and Glenn Miller.  In May 1935, despite all their successes, they abruptly split up the band and each started their own, not re-joining until ten years later.     

Tommy Dorsey was known for his smooth-toned, clean trombone playing, most notably on ballads.  He collaborated with arranger Sy Oliver, drummer Buddy Rich, and young vocalist Frank Sinatra.  Quite to the contrary, Jimmy Dorsey made his mark with virtuosic saxophone and clarinet playing on his own brilliant compositions.  His expertise put him in the same league as contemporaries Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman.  He hired notables vocalist Helen O'Connell, drummer Ray McKinley, and arranger Dizzy Gillespie.  The brothers rejoined in 1945, and then soon after in 1947 starred in the film The Fabulous Dorseys, in which they played themselves with also cameo appearances by Paul Whitman and Art Tatum.  In the 1950's they had their own network TV series.  In 1956, Tommy died at the age of 51, and seven months later, Jimmy passed as well.   

One could not help to think that, despite their differences, Tommy and Jimmy were twins, similar in their age, ambition, passion for music.  This passion ultimately split them apart and forced them find their own individual styles.  Will Pete and Will Anderson turn out like the Dorseys?  Watch to find out!

Photo Caption: Will Anderson
Photo Caption: Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, Jon-Erik Kellso, Kevin Dorn, Ehud Asherie, and Nicolas Clovis
Photo Caption: Ehud Asherie
Photo Caption: Peter Anderson
Photo Caption: Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, and Jon-Erik Kellso
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Peter and Will Anderson

   “Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times), identical twins Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary musical acts performing straight-ahead jazz today.  Born and raised in Washington D.C., the Andersons moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School.  They’ve performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Vignola, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.  They’ve headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Feinstein’s 54 Below, Arizona Music Festival, Princeton Festival, Syracuse Jazz Festival, Sarasota Jazz Festival, Hilton Head’s The Jazz Corner, San Francisco’s Jazz at the Ballroom, The Louis Armstrong House Museum, Iowa’s Bix Beiderbecke Festival, and live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Radio Program.  The Andersons have performed in over 40 U.S. states, throughout Brazil, Japan, the U.K., and six times in NYC’s famed Highlights in Jazz series, alongside Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Heath, Ken Peplowski, Steve Turre, Warren Vache, and Jimmy Cobb.

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