When Terry Myers was a child he dreamed of coming to Australia. Well, he’ll get his wish next month when he brings The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra down under to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the legendary Frank Sinatra. They play the Civic Theatre in Newcastle on Sunday the 13th of September.
The band that made Frank Sinatra a star, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under Music Director Terry Myers 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.
We spoke with Terry Myers earlier this month and asked him what made Bryan Anthony’s portrayal of Frank.
”He’s a devotee of Franks” He tells me over the phone from L.A. “Some people think you can put on a fedora hat, smoke a cigarette and they’ll be Frank. But they can’t. Bryan doesn’t impersonate Frank, he just gets it”.
On seeing the Tommy Dorsey band in 1937 it’s a known fact that Frank Sinatra told his wife Nancy” “See the singer guy? One day I’ll be sitting where he’s sitting”. It is widely accepted that Frank Sinatra learned a lot from Tommy Dorsey, especially the technique of breathing. Another thing Frank Sinatra learned from Tommy Dorsey was focusing on the words.
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”.
WHAT: The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
WHEN: 13th of September
WHERE: Civic Theatre Newcastle