By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
Thanks to Sam’s Town for bringing back the sounds of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
Listening to a famous big band was an experience.
Guests heard each instrument in an absorbing rendition of their classic hits.
The sound of the Jimmy Dorsey 16-piece orchestra was powerful and exhilarating.
The “feeling” was similar to attending a symphony orchestra concert.
That evening, the guests not only listened but danced to the sounds of the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra.
The entire evening was nostalgic because some guests had seen the big bands back in their heyday.
The performance showed class and respect for the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and all the big bands.
The orchestra wore tuxedos and Nancy Knorr, featured vocalist, wore an evening gown.
Nancy Knorr has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for more than 20 years.
She owns the trademark to the orchestra and keeps the band active for the public. These are the original arrangements written during the big band era.
This orchestra created the sound for Sinatra and the other singers of those days.
The audience saw the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra as they were.
Trombonist/ orchestra director Bill Tole told stories about the Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey as the large screens showed videos of the early times.
Large screens showed pictures from the past throughout the evening.
Bill explained, “In the ‘30s, the Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey had an argument and started their own bands. For 18 years, both bands had hits.”
The orchestra played from the time they served the salad to an hour after-dinner.
Remember the dinner shows in Las Vegas during the ‘80s?
This nightclub event dinner was as elegant as in a fine restaurant.
This was a dinner show with a menu seen at fine restaurants.
The fresh berries and raspberry vinaigrette dressing transformed the tossed green salad into a gourmet salad.
Guests chose from three entrees:
Petite six ounce French filet mignon aux champignons (mushrooms) with Worcestershire and garlic sauce;
The pan seared salmon was topped with cream, a touch of white wine and dill sauce;
Breast of chicken quickly sautéed with mushrooms and Marsala in a pan sauce;
The Peach Melba dessert included peaches and raspberries, topped with vanilla ice cream;
They served red and white wine with coffee and tea.
There are not many dinner shows anymore but this one will was memorable.
The big band music, the orchestra and the three-course meal were a success.
Sam’s Town is known for scheduling shows honoring the traditions and symbols of early Las Vegas.
For information, see their website: www.samstown.com. Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino is located at Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road.
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, TV commercials, and travel specials for 28 years. Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, Health journalist, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman: (702)-731-6491.