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The fabulous Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra is back!
Jimmy’s musical training began when he was a young boy in Pennsylvania. Along with his brother Tommy, the talented young musicians joined Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra and at the same time they were recording many records under the billing “The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra”. Their band continued through the early thirties until a dispute over a tempo of a song separated the brothers for decades.
Jimmy found himself an instant leader of the band that became the birth of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra™.
His records sold well in the thirties, but as the forties got under way it was apparent that Jimmy and his band had jumped to the top of the charts. Jimmy had so many hits that he was known as the “Juke Box King”, which made him the biggest success story of the time. Over the years, Jimmy had many other hit selling records and a series of motion pictures followed, establishing him firmly on top.
During the early fifties Jimmy was still a successful name in the business. Even with all of his success, he joined forces with his brother Tommy in 1953 to become the greatest band of all time.
With the untimely death of Tommy in 1956, Jimmy once again was left to carry on, but only for a short time as his own health was failing rapidly. In 1957 he left us with his last and greatest hit “So Rare” which topped the nation’s popularity charts selling over a million records.
`Creating the perfect template to involve the audience while maintaining Jimmy Dorsey’s high standards of musicianship.
DAVID PRUYN comes to his position as leader of The Fabulous Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra from a lifetime in music. The son of professional musicians, this New Orleans, LA. native began his career (at age 11!) as a circus drummer, working for his bandleader dad- then followed the path of his hero, Harry James, as he became smitten with the trumpet a few years later. After honing his drum and trumpet chops in the demanding repertoire of the circus, David branched out into the big band, jazz, and show facets of the music business, eventually studying arranging, orchestration, and conducting. Then, in 1994, rather by a confluence of accident and necessity, he discovered the joys of singing. Soon after, colleagues were struck by the similarity of his vocal timbre and phrasing to that of the great Mel Tormé, becoming a protégé of the renowned Broadway vocal coach, Fred Silver. Along the way, David has played 1st trumpet, drums, and/or sung for the Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, and Les Brown bands.
David considers it his great fortune to have trained “on the job” with his parents, Bill (a Jimmy Dorsey sideman in the late 1940’s) and Lee, who together graced the worlds of the trumpet and piano, respectively, including Doc Severinsen, Bobby Shew, Byron Stripling, Walt Johnson, Carl Saunders, Bill Watrous, Dave Steinmeyer, Buddy Morrow, Bill Allred, Ken Peplowski, Ed Calle, Pete Christlieb, Eddie Barefield, Terry Myers, Nick Brignola, Chick Corea, Dick Hyman, Mike Renzi, Vincent Falcone, Bob Florence, Eddie Higgins, Ray Brown, John Clayton, Jaco Pastorious, Ed Shaughnessy, Grady Tate, Bob Rosengarden, and singers Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Steve Lawrence, Dick Haymes, Al Jarreau, Rosemary Clooney, Eydie Gorme, The Manhattan Transfer, and an old hometown buddy by the name of Harry Connick, Jr.
In his words: “In accepting the mantle as leader of this storied and renowned musical institution, I wish to acknowledge the sense of honor which it brings me. My dad was one of Jimmy’s trumpet players long ago and told me from the time I was old enough to understand, that Jimmy Dorsey was not only a virtuoso, but the nicest man he ever worked for. At being chosen for this amazing adventure, it is with a grateful heart that my everlasting thanks go to Nancy Knorr, leader of The Pied Pipers, one of the great ladies and champions of the present day big band scene and to her brother, Maestro Bill Tole- as fine a gentleman as has ever graced our business and one of the world’s finest brass players for over fifty years, a man who was loved and admired as a leader by virtually every musician who ever sat on his bandstand. He also created the perfect template for involving his audience in the presentation of the program while maintaining Jimmy’s high standards of musicianship. My job now is to live up to that ideal and I embrace it with all I have.”
MICHELE JAMES-PRUYN, who, as the featured vocalist with The Fabulous Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, takes up the baton from Miss Nancy Knorr. Her wonderfully varied career began at age 15 and has taken her to venues all over the United States, including the White House, Disney World as well as a member of the widely-respected a capella vocal group, “The Voices Of Liberty”. She has headlined as well for major cruise lines, performing at some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Her soothing voice, uplifting flair, and wide-ranging vocal flights have audiences and industry professionals alike taking notice of her dynamic talent and mastery of styles. From prodigious accomplishments in the world of opera (her first love as a young girl) to multiple leading roles in musical theater, Michele has broadened her musical horizons year after year since graduating from the prestigious Stetson School of Music.
In the big band realm, Michele has appeared as soloist with The Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey and Harry James Orchestras. As a member of “The Town Criers” vocal group, she has appeared alongside Bill Tole and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, toured New Zealand, Hawaii, and other exotic locales. Michele has also achieved acclaim for her productions of, “To Rosie, With Love”, a journey through the wonderful musical world of the great Rosemary Clooney and “Yesterday Once More”, her solo homage to beloved pop star Karen Carpenter.
In her words: “To have the opportunity to follow Nancy as the vocalist for this great band is really a dream come true. I remember my mom loving the song “Green Eyes” when I was a little girl and to now step on stage in the same role as Helen O’Connell; to sing not only that but, “Tangerine”, “Amapola" and so many others, is such a kick for me. It goes right along with my great love of the music and performers of the “Swing Era” and I know I speak for David, and our son, James, in saying that we’re so looking forward to meeting and performing for all the friends and fans of the JDO, both here in America and abroad. Thank you, Nancy, for thinking of us and for your continued guidance going forward… this is a thrill that is truly priceless!”
American’s Hits On Parade are legendary songs from the most thrilling era of music that captured our hearts during an amazing ten years of music and history. Enjoy an evening of the songs we cherished the most and will never forget listening to – I’ll Never Smile Again – In The Mood – I’m Getting Sentimental Over You – Tangerine – There Are Such Things – Dream – Boogie Woogie – So Rare – Stardust and many more.
Many of your holiday favorite songs will be performed in the style and tradition of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra™ and the Pied Pipers™ – their greatest hits of the day will take you back to a special time. A time of remembrance of the holidays spent with family and friends – and an era of great music.
Sinatra Through the Early Years pays homage to the musical era that changed American Music forever. Frank Sinatra, the man with the voice whose legacy remains unrivaled, is featured in this tribute with unforgettable hits - My Way - Strangers In The Night - New York, New York and a whole lot more.
You'll enjoy a night of swing with tunes from Jimmy Dorsey's library of hits. Featuring David & Michele Pryun, you'll be swingin' to tunes like - Tangerine -Bosame Mucho - Green Eyes - Too Marvelous For Words - Brazil with too many to list here. The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra™ has continued successfully for decades and is still in great demand all over the world. The leadership has been passed on to David Pryun who has continued to bring joy to the young and the “young at heart” as they enjoy the sounds of American Music – our history.
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Directed by David Pruyn on trumpet and featuring lead singer Michele James-Pruyn.
The incredible David Pruyn pays homage to Mel Tormé in this live tribute.
David and Michele James-Pruyn join forces to bring their hits back to life.
"Yesterday Once More"
In this touching remembrance of the incredible Karen Carpenter, Michele vividly captures Karen's warm and unique tonal qualities and expressiveness with a collection of beloved Carpenters songs including Rainy Days and Mondays, Close To You, We've Only Just Begun and Top of the World plus many more.
"Notes On Velvet"
David's masterful singing approach captures the essential style of Mel Tormé, and that smooth, mellow timbre and impeccable timing will remind you just why Mel was known as 'The Velvet Fog'. David's intonation, vocal improvisation and ballad style bring back the memories as he performs Mel's beloved hits like Pick Yourself Up, Stardust and Lady Be Good just to name a few.
"To Rosie, With Love"
Michele has garnered glowing praise for her affectionate stroll through the wonderful musical world of the incomparable Rosemary Clooney, with faithful renditions of Come On-a My House, Mambo Italiano, Tenderly, and many more.