The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognised as one of the best all-around dance bands. They play the Civic Theatre Newcastle on Sunday September 13 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the legendary Frank Sinatra. We spoke to the group’s singer, Bryan Anthony from his home in Houston ahead of the Orchestra’s arrival in Australia.
Bryan Anthony is that magnetic kind of singer. In the present day, in a performer just into his thirties, these qualities are truly remarkable. The Houston based artist has sung and studied professionally since his teens. He has performed the world over from the Acropolis in Greece to Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Late last month we spoke to The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra’s band leader, Terry Myers. Terry told us that Bryan’s portrayal of Frank Sinatra transcended impersonation, so we started out our chat by asking him about that.
“We’re not doing a shtick show here” he’s quick to tell us. “It’s not just a matter of smoking a cigarette and wearing a hat. We try to capture Frank’s prowess, his phasing and delivery”.
It was in April 2002, that Bryan began his run in the off-Broadway production of Our Sinatra. This production concentrated on the musical legacy of the late Frank Sinatra. Our Sinatra ran for an unprecedented two and a half years. So what is it about Frank Sinatra’s music that keeps people coming back generation after generation.
“It’s how he told the story. It defies generations. It’s not music for old people. It’s just great music. It doesn’t have to be right now. It’s an emotional connection between people. Frank’s got a song for everyone for every emotion”.
In Big Band history, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognised as one of the best all-around dance bands. Affectionately known as the Sentimental Gentleman of Swing, acknowledged as one of the true legends of that era. The industry acknowledged him with Grammy Awards for “I’ll Never Smile Again” and “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You”. So what’s it like to sing in front of a band like that?
“I’ve got the best seat in the house” he says.
WHO: The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
WHAT: THE OFFICIAL 100TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
WHEN: Sunday 13th September, 2015
WHERE: Civic Theatre Newcastle