Claude Dorsey | What a Wonderful World

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What a Wonderful World

by Claude Dorsey

Claude Dorsey was a pre-bop jazz pianist, specializing in a "stride" piano style all his own, with unique vocals, vibrant yet emotional; you have to hear this jazz "legend", now memorialized through his only pro recording. (1/14/1914 - 3/3/2010)
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1. foggy day in londontown
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2. georgia (on my mind)
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3. what a wonderful world
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4. st. louis blues
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5. amazing grace
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6. honeysuckle rose
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7. rhapsody in blue
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8. take the a train
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9. summer is over
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10. ain't misbehavin'
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11. somewhere over the rainbow
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12. reprise: what a wonderful world
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CLAUDE DORSEY
"...an undimmed talent: a voice alive to the possibility of the words, hands still ready to interpret melodies that have endured as classics." ~ Dave Luhrssen, entertainment editor, Shepherd Express newspaper.

96 YEAR OLD HAILS FROM GEORGIA....
Though his music was silenced when he passed in 2010, his only CD immortalizes legendary jazz pianist Claude Dorsey A Milwaukee resident since 1928, (born 1914), this CD remains a tribute to the man, his music, a nearly forgotten era.

40 YEAR GIG DREW BASIE, DUKE, AND MORE......
Many of Claude's current fans first remember hearing him play at the famed Clock Bar, in downtown Milwaukee, where he played a nearly 40 year stint, 6 nights a week!
Those gigs, from the '40's thru 1982, drew such admirers as Lou Rawls, Tony Bennett and his orchestra, Count Basie and his band, Bob Hope, Duke Ellington, and others.

PLAYED FOR BILLIE.....
Claude has played in the presence of a long list of the finest jazz and blues musicians, among them his former sideman, Joe Williams; Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Liberace, and Count Basie. Among his fondest memories are the times he accompanied Billie Holiday on piano during a private parties.

AWARDS KEEP COMING.....
In 2005, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry presented the award for "Best Traditional Jazz Artist" of the year, to
Mr. Dorsey, for his continued excellence in live performance.
He was also the recipient of Wisconsin's highest music honor, as he gratefully accepted the "Hall of Fame" Award, during the 2001 W.A.M.I. Awards Show.

NEVER TOO LATE.....
Just 7 years ago, at 89, Claude Dorsey completed his first-ever studio recording, titled "What a Wonderful World". (Musical Moon Productions, 2003)
The CD contains 11 jazz standards and a Dorsey original, "Summer is Over," written in 1946, yet timeless in it's melody and lyrics.

On the CD, Claude is backed by musicians Gary Christensen lending exceptional rhythms on upright bass, and Scott Van Domelen, whose soprano saxophone solos shine on nearly every track.

RARE GEM....
Considered a gem of a jazz/blues recording, this CD showcases the talents of a musician from a largely bygone era, still vibrant and energetic at the piano.
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RockIt Records & Recording

Now THIS is the way it's supposed to sound
The man is an institution and this is a fitting recording for his 'debut.'

This disc captures the essence and allows the listener to hear what it sounds like when someone truly plays from the heart.

Buy it!

albo60s

Some fine renditions of classic jazz & pop songs!
Classic jazz songs in the hands & fingers of a master! This CD is a delight from beginning to end! Wonderful sound on this recording, highly reccommended!

Mary


Claude Dorsey has been playing in Milwaukee for years. My mother saw him in her youth(I bought this for her)and I have seen him many times since the first time I heard him play. He truly plays and sings from the heart and has great back up musicians.

Sandy Hangleitner

Summer is Over
Dear, Dear, Old Friend, You sang to me in 1956 and for many years after that. When I was sad, happy, or just plain lonely, your songs were there for me...and so were you and Babe. I'll always love you. You knew me as Sandy (Bunda, Brody, and Chrisianson) Now four marriages later, sober at last and living in Arizona, I treasure our times together at the Clock, morning breakfasts next door, monday night clubbing (your night off) and all your "big brother" advise. I'll always love you. Your now 72 year old fan and then some. Sandy

Ronnie Smillie

THIS IS A WONDERFUL RENDERING OF GREATEST BLUES CLASSICS, EVER!
THIS IS A WONDERFUL RENDERING OF GREATEST BLUES CLASSICS, EVERRECORDED! THANK YOU FOR THIS TREASURE! IT IS GOLDEN!