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Doc Severinsen’s 90th Birthday Bash


Friday, November 17, 2017 8:00PM
Mead Theatre - Schuster Center

Doc Severinsen’s 90th Birthday Bash
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DOC SEVERINSEN guest artist
NEAL GITTLEMAN conductor
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big-band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late-night television for three decades. The “Johnny” was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon, and the bandleader was Doc Severinsen. Johnny Carson often referred to Doc Severinsen as "the greatest trumpeter in the world." Beginning in October 1962, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson ruled the night air for 30 years.

Within a week of the final telecast on May 22, 1992, Doc Severinsen and His Big Band were on the road, and to this day, audiences across America love and respect Doc and his big band—not just because he shared their living rooms with them for so many years but because of Doc’s love of the Big Band repertoire. His musicianship keeps this iconic American music fresh to this day. Their repertoire includes Ellington and Basie standards, pop, jazz, ballads, big band classics and, of course, The Tonight Show theme. Severinsen can still blow hard with his horn and hit the high notes, a result of his continued commitment to the practice studio and the refinement of his craft. But as a band leader, Doc continues to surround himself with the best in the business, and he’s only too happy to give them a turn in the spotlight.

A Grammy Award winner, Doc has made more than 30 albums, from big band to jazz-fusion to classical. He received a Grammy Award for “Best Jazz instrumental Performance – Big Band” for his recording of Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band: Volume I.

Come celebrate Doc Severinsen's 90th birthday with an evening of jazz and pop favorites when Doc Severinsen himself joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for two fun-filled evenings!