My favorite instrumental tracks by Tommy Dorsey were all recorded between 1939 and 1942.
This Song of the Week belongs to this group of tunes.
Stomp It Off
“Stomp It Off” was composed by Jimmie Lunceford and Sy Oliver.
It's a great big band tune in a comfortable tempo range that also works great for Balboa dancers.
Lack Of Jazz Feeling
Tommy Dorsey hired arranger Sy Oliver away from the Jimmie Lunceford band in 1939, because he was criticized that the band lacked of jazz feeling.
In fact, before Oliver led the transition to a modern swing band, the Dorsey Orchestra was a Dixieland band.
Note on the side: When Sy Oliver joined Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra, he was one of the first African Americans with a prominent role in a white band.
Title: Stomp It Off
Artist: Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Recorded: July 20, 1939
Tempo: 160 bpm
Dance: Lindy Hop, Balboa
You can find all the songs of the series also on my Spotify playlist.
Official hashtag of the series: #djcsotw
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