"A quick note regarding this past Sunday's performance. I know that there had to have been some concern when Buddy Morrow passed, because he was such an enormous part of the success of the band over the years. However, I for one am pleased to report that the spirit of Tommy Dorsey (and Buddy Morrow) is alive and well...!
Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, York, PA
"It was such a pleasure to meet you and enjoy the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra last LSaturday evening." "In pre-production as well as the show itself, I've never found two nicer people to work with. Having world-class talent in our building was a treat. Thank you!"
Curt M. Allen-Little,
Operations Manager, The Kenan Auditorium, University of North Carolina At Wilmington
"The concert sold out, and as a matter of fact, turned away a large number of late comers. Additionally, the performance was magnificent and the band was great to work with. The presence of the legendary Buddy Morrow brought even a greater sense of nostalgia to the entire show. All aspects of the production were a breeze."
Don Caldwell, President & General Manager
The Cactus Theatre, Lubbock, Texas
"I would like to personally thank you for your participation at the Bush-Cheney Inaugural Ball. Your superb performance was greatly appreciated by Wemus Entertainment, and the entire Inaugural staff."
Presidential Inaugural Committee, 2001
"Please accept the sincere appreciation of your fans and all members of Jazz in Joplin who attended the dance...." "The band sounded so good, Walt is such a great asset with his Sinatra style done so well, and you are unbelievable - still playing so great."
Founder/Director -- Jazz in Joplin
"Our sold out house loved the performance of the TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA! The concert was a great success with many compliments from the audience. Buddy and the orchestra gave us a wonderful performance and they were all a pleasure to work with. We look forward to having them back in the future."
Executive Director, Princess Theatre, Decatur, AL
"The swing revival has been a blast, but what pure pleasure to hear an authentic, professional dance band from the swing era focus on , music - instead of clothes, shtick (sic) and campy jump tunes." " ... boy, these guys sure can play."
Paul De Barros,
Seattle Times Jazz Critic
"I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I enjoyed Buddy Morrow and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra for our dates in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Victoria BC." "The level of musicianship in this orchestra is outstanding. Every musician in the band is hot! Buddy has the band playing about as tight as is possible. He also plays extremely well and is very personable and entertaining on stage."
"On February 8th, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow swung into the Lyric Theatre. The evening was a hit with both perfor mances ending in standing ovations."
The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, FL
"A good swing band -- and Dorsey's was (and is) among the best -- requires superb soloists ...." "The Dorsey band has its share of terrific talent, from the tasteful drummer, bassist and pianist in the rhythm section to the key soloists on trombone, saxophone and trumpet. "Morrow still has pretty impressive chops, too...."
Press & Sun Bulletin, Binghamton, NY
"...I want to thank you for your performance at the Centerton Country Club ...." It was a first for the Kiwanis Club to have a dance, and it proved to be tremendous success. The band and Walt Andrus were terrific an $d we received nothing but positive remarks from those in attendance."
Harry A. Freitag,
Jr., Kiwanis Club of Bridgeton, NJ
"... wanted to tell you what a great performance you and the orchestra put on for us on Sept. 18. It was a success in every way, musically, artistically, and financially." "I greatly appreciate the time you took afterwards to talk with the media and fans. It was a great night, thanks to you."
Dearborn Highlands Arts Council, Lawrenceburg, IN
"The concert last night exceeded my highest expectations! And I have heard nothing but rave reviews all day long from faculty, staff and students. The audience was our largest crowd yet at a Foust Artist Se Fries concert...." What intrigued me the most was that so many of our students attended the concert. I expected the adults to be in swing heaven, but even the students ate it up! It was obvious that the band and its music has not lost its appeal to the younger age group." "I cannot say enough good things about the musical quality of the performance. " " And Buddy Morrow is truly an amazing player and entertainer."
Dr. Sonny Burnette,
Director, Foust Artist Series, Georgetown College,KY,
"Let me take this opportunity to thank you and the orchestra for an outstanding season opener. People have said it was explosive, reminiscent, exciting, highly entertaining and one jazz buff commented, 'All I can say is that is how a Big Band should sound.' "
Michael E. Hill, Director,
Rigas Family Theater, St. Bonaventure, NY
"The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra concert here in St. Augustine last night was wonderful. We had close to 700 people come out in 20-30 degree temperature and everyone loved it. Buddy was great and so was Walt Andrus. We even made a little money for the Limelight Theatre. The whole show was done with style and professionalism. We will certainly consider you again for a future show and would recommend you to anyone."
Paul McGuire, The Limelight Theatre,
St. Augustine, FL