The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra has continued successfully touring the country and made a stop at the PAC to share the sounds of the Swing Era with the Coastal Bend.
The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra created classic sounds of the 1920s, 30s and 40s as part of the Furgason Bravo! Series on Feb. 2. Sophomore nursing major Nick Hardin said he got so much more than extra credit for attending the concert.
“Most of the music made me want to get up and dance,” Hardin said. “I never expected such a twist in the orchestra scene.”
Famed musician Jimmy Dorsey was born in 1904 in Pennsylvania, where he and his younger brother, Tommy, formed Dorsey’s Novelty Six, later known as Dorseys’ Wild Canaries. Both worked as freelance and studio musicians during the 1920s where Jimmy Dorsey later led the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra; creating hit singles like “Contrasts,” “Maria Elena,” “Tangerine,” “Amapola” and “Green Eyes.”
Michele James-Pruyn performed as a vocalist during the concert, bringing the famous swing sounds of Nancy Knorr to life. James-Pruyn’s career began at the age of 15 and has taken her to venues all over the United States including the White House and Disney World as the member of an well-known a Capella vocal group. Hardin said James-Pruyn’s performance was phenomenal and crucial in bringing the orchestra together.
“I felt as if I was transported into a new era of music,” Hardin said. “It’s good for people to come out of their musical element and experience something new.”
Elaine Watkins, a regular attendee of events held at the PAC, said the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra was unlike any other touring show she had seen before.
“I’m never disappointed by the performances that are put on here, but this one in particular was just captivating,” Watkins said. “I would definitely recommend this event to others. It was just so much fun.”
Trumpeter Craig Morris is the next performer as part of the Furgason Bravo! Series. Morris performs Feb. 23 at the PAC. Watkins said she encourages others to attend Furgason Bravo! Series performances
“We don’t get a lot of events like this one in Corpus Christi,” Watkins said. “I came here not knowing what to expect, but I left with a memory I’ll never forget. New and different things can surprise you in the best ways.”