Dorsey Orchestra at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra plays Mandurah in October.
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra plays Mandurah in October.

THE Tommy Dorsey Orchestra celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of the most loved entertainers of all time at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

The band that made Frank Sinatra a star comes direct from the USA and appears for the first time in Australia.

It features one of America’s finest singers from the Frank Sinatra Songbook, Bryan Anthony, along with 20 musicians, singers and dancers performing all The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra’s hits in a sentimental journey down memory lane.

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognised as one of the greatest bands of the golden 1940s.

On seeing the band in 1937, it’s a known fact that Frank Sinatra said to his wife Nancy, “See the singer guy? One day I’ll be sitting where he’s sitting.’’

It is widely accepted that Sinatra learned a lot from Tommy Dorsey, especially the technique of breathing and focusing on the words.

Both Sinatra and Dorsey went on to record songs including The Sky Fell Down, Too Romantic, I’ll Be Seeing You, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Fools Rush In, I’ll Never Smile Again, I’m Getting Sentimental over You, Stardust, Oh Look at Me Now and Without a Song.

Sinatra made 80 recordings between 1940 and 1942.