Wednesday, July 21, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF TOMMY DORSEY - Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY

This is a very classy stone and monument to a monumental man in American music. Tommy Dorsey led the way in the Big Band era along with a whole host of other artists. He was a pioneer in Jazz and his music continues to influence Jazz performers all over the world. If you have never heard a Dorsey record than you are really missing out on good music. Before he made it famous with his own big band, Tommy had a smaller group known as the "Clambake Seven," and some of that group's recordings are absolutely fantastic. My favorite is, "The Music Goes Around and Around." I love how the trombone is featured on Tommy's stone and if you are wondering what music is shown, it is the first few notes of Tommy's theme song, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You."

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