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Swing Down Memory Lane with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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Posted September 27, 1997
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- The Music at Hamilton Artists Series kicks off its season on September 27, 1997 at 8:00 pm with an appearance by the world-renowned Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and special guest vocalist, Nancy Knorr. Founded in 1934 by Jimmy Dorsey, one of the world's greatest saxophonists, and his trombone-playing brother, Tommy, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra won international acclaim for its sweeter, more subdued approach to the top tunes of the day. Currently under the direction of big band veteran, Jim Miller, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra promises to deliver a concert you won't want to miss!

Jimmy Dorsey was considered one of the finest clarinet and alto saxophone players of his day. His interpretations of cherished standards such as Green Eyes, I Hear a Rhapsody and So Rare guarantee his place in musical history and his orchestra is still considered to be one of the finest big bands of the 30's and 40's. Jimmy's status in the hierarchy of American musical greats is assured by his legions of fans who are devoted to the music of the man "who painted for the ear with instruments."

Jim Miller, a 43-year veteran of the music industry, has written music for and performed as a trombonist with the Glenn Miller, Tex Beneke, Les and Larry Elgart and Guy Lombardo bands. His affiliation with Jimmy Dorsey began in 1953, and today, more than 40 years later, Jim Miller continues to inject his warm and enthusiastic personality into every note played by the orchestra.

Nancy Knorr, a native of Pittsburgh, was the lead singer with the Pied Pipers for many years, has shared the stage with Toni Tennile, Jack Jones, Hal Linden and Doc Severinsen. She was also a featured performer on the PBS special, Those Fabulous Forties. She has appeared with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra as a guest vocalist since 1992.

Tickets for the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra concert at Hamilton College's Wellin Hall are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. For more information, call the Hamilton College Performing Arts Ticket Office at (315) 859-4331.

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