Sinatra 100th: I Remember Tommy And Frankie

The Camp Of The Saints

Sinatra-Dorsey-001dxThis weekend I’m taking a break from the album countdown to showcase Frank’s work with the man who was, perhaps, his most influential teacher: Tommy Dorsey.

From 1940 until the Fall of 1942, Sinatra was a member of Mr. Dorsey’s Orchestra and it was during this time that the polish on his craftsmanship began to shine.  He studied TD’s breath control and phrasing on his trombone, in the process fashioning what was soon called The Voice.

Frank also got to work with some of the finest musicians and arrangers, such as Bunny Berigan, Buddy Rich, Sy Oliver, Ziggy Elman, and the man who would be by his side throughout his solo career at Columbia: arranger Axel Stordahl.

Frank may have been the star vocalist of the Band, but he was joined by Connie Haines and Jo Stafford and The Pied Pipers, who had talent up the kazoo.

You can’t celebrate…

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