Doc Severinsen
Bandleader, Trumpeter
Doc Severinsen
Carl Hilding "Doc" Severinsen is an American pop and jazz trumpeter. He is best known for leading the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
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Twenty-Five Great Jazz Baritone Saxophone Peformances
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Ronnie Cuber The cumbersome and often unwieldy baritone saxophone has long been relegated to the position of a shadowy stepchild to its more grandiloquent brothers, the tenor and alto saxophones, in jazz music. A low register behemoth that requires voluminous breath, careful control and formidable stamina, it has been used primarily in jazz orchestras to produce those low resonant notes that bring the bottom end to life in modern jazz orchestra arrangements. Prominently used in the great jazz orchestras of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, the baritone saxophone was played by the great Harry Carney in the Ellington band and by Jack Washington in the Basie band. Carney, with his incredible use of circular breathing and his pure uncluttered tone, is widely recognized as having been a pioneer on the instrument, bringing the baritone out of the obscurity of the saxophone section and into the limelight of a solo instrument. Using Carney and to a lesser extent Washington as inspiration ...
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Eleven Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - over 1 year
We serve the singer, the song, the soloist, and ultimately the listener. Though we do not possess the harmonic nor sonic range of a guitar, keyboards, voice, horns, wind instruments, nor the dynamics of drums and percussion-the bass player determines how a musical chord actually sounds - which, in essence -often determines whether or not you'll like the track. Do the math! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced and I congratulate all the artists: The Cars, Chic, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, The J.B.'s, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Steve Miller, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., The Smiths, The Spinners, and Yes. Since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation began in 1983 there has been much controversy over who belongs and who does not. It's no different than sports Halls of Fame. Controversy, dispute, and rock 'n' roll are siblings, and I accept that. However I must stand up for my woefully neglected bass brethren, some of whom no longer lay down ...
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Trumpeter who never left Fort Worth was among finest
Star Telegram- blogs - about 3 years
Don Thomas, who played lead trumpet for the Fort Worth Symphony for 20 years, won the respect of leading musicians including Doc Severinsen.
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Celeb birthdays for the week of July 7-13
Yahoo News - over 3 years
July 7: Bandleader Doc Severinsen is 86. Drummer Ringo Starr is 73. Singer-guitarist Warren Entner of the Grass Roots is 70. Actor Joe Spano is 67. Singer David Hodo (the construction worker) of The Village People is 66. Country singer Linda Williams is 66. Actress Shelley Duvall is 64. Actress Roz Ryan ("Amen") is 62. Actor Billy Campbell ("Once and Again") is 54. Bassist Mark White of the Spin Doctors is 51. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard ("Ally McBeal") is 50. Comedian Jim Gaffigan is 47. Bassist Ricky Kinchen of Mint Condition is 47. Actress Amy Carlson ("Blue Bloods") is 45. Actress Jorja Fox ("CSI") is 45. Actress Cree Summer ("A Different World") is 44. Actor Troy Garity ("Barbershop") is 40. Actress Berenice Bejo ("The Artist") is 37. Actor Hamish Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") is 37.
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Michael Barrie: Mickey Rose (1935-2013)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A long time ago in a New York far, far away, I landed a job writing for the "Tonight Show." I was twenty-two. I got there by the usual route. I'd given a few pages of jokes to my father, who had given them to his barber. When another of the barber's customers, an unsuspecting Ed McMahon, came in and was suitably seated and smocked, the material was dropped in his lap. Up to this point, I'd been writing jokes for Joan Rivers for a couple of months. She paid me seven dollars for each one she liked. Thirty-five dollars was a great week. Prior to that, my main qualification for writing comedy was passing really hysterical notes to my friend Kenny Sass in study hall. I was shown to my new office. It was down the hall, past the security window, past the elevators, and down another hallway. It was nowhere near the humming cluster of "Tonight Show" offices. It wasn't even an office. Without windows, without a desk, it was chilled to the temperature of the frozen foods ...
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Carson Made Jokes At NBC's Expense Once, Too
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK -- Here's one of countless punch lines at NBC's expense: On returning from vacation, our "Tonight" show host tells of being warmly greeted at the airport by the network boss – "just before he put my shackles back on." Sound familiar? Well, this wisecrack was lobbed by Johnny Carson in a monologue that aired nearly 50 years ago. Compare it to one of the multitude of jokes from current host Jay Leno mocking NBC as it reportedly tries not to shackle him but, rather, send him packing: "T-Mobile announced they're doing away with contracts," he declared in a monologue this week. "Apparently they got the idea from NBC." I hate to add to the tonnage of words speculating on Jimmy Fallon as the post-Leno host of a "Tonight" show relocating to New York. But I can't help recalling my early devotion to "Tonight" back when it, and Carson, called New York home – and how, before Johnny took it West, I attended a taping at Manhattan's 30 Rock. I was just a kid, u ...
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May 3: Mottola Tribute Concert; Taste of the Town
Huntington - almost 5 years
1. Long Island Biennial Exhibition: The Heckscher Museum of Art and Cinema Arts Centre will present the Long Island Biennial 2012, a juried exhibition featuring work by artists and filmmakers of Nassau and Suffolk counties.  The exhibit runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum. Details 2. La Leche League: The not-for-profit La Leche League, dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed their babies, meets Thursday at the Halesite Fire Department. The 7 p.m. meeting is free and open to all women. Details 3. Tony Mottola Tribute Concert: Guitar Extravaganza Salute concert to honor guitar legend Tony Mottola at the Dix Hills Perforning Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Mottola worked extensively with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and appeared with Doc Severinsen’s Orchestra on The Tonight Show. Tickets $10. Details 4. A Taste Of The Town: Presented by the The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Huntington Division 4 on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Appliance World in Huntington. The event ...
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Trumpeter’s idol doesn’t disappoint
Hometown Source - almost 5 years
Trumpeter Mark Bobnick, right, was photographed on tour with his idol, Doc Severinsen. Submitted photo Bobnick toured with Doc Severinsen Mark Bobnick listened to Doc Severinsen constantly while growing up in Burnsville. Bobnick’s father kept the legendary trumpeter and “Tonight Show” bandleader in frequent rotation on the family turntable. At 34, Bobnick is old enough to have watched the final years of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” He idolized Severinsen while learning trumpet himself and becoming a star of the Burnsville High School band department. Now, fresh off a 10-state concert tour as a member of Severinsen’s band, Bobnick is happy to report that proximity to the 84-year-old legend only enhanced his regard. “He stayed in all the same hotels as us, rode the same buses as us,” said Bobnick, the son of Dick and Hilery Bobnick of Burnsville. “He was with us 24/7. He was one of the nicest men I’ve ever met.” Bobnick was part of a Twin Cities-based crew ...
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Not a job, but a calling - San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
As assistant music director for the show, he was usually behind the scenes, but on this particular night, band leader Doc Severinsen had called at the last minute to say he was sick and needed Shelly to conduct the Tonight Show Band
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'Broadway Diva' coming to Brookings - Brookings Register
Google News - over 5 years
Trumpeter extraordinaire Doc Severinsen and his Big Band will perform on Feb. 28, 2012, and the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa will perform on March 30, 2012. For the first time, ticket buyers will be able to pre-purchase the season and receive
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Marion Palace Theatre director resigns post - Marion Star
Google News - over 5 years
Appearing at the Palace during her directorship were Doc Severinsen, Glen Campbell and Weird Al Yankovic. Angie Carbetta, director for Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention, said she'll miss Salamone, who she described as "very enthusiastic
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Single Tickets On Sale for 2011-2012 Omaha Performing Arts Season, 9/9 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... September 9 at 10:00 am" Omaha Performing Arts' 2011-2012 Season includes Grammy®-winning jazz artist Chris Botti; the incomparable Doc Severinsen and his Big Band; international drumming group Yamato Drummers of Japan; Broadway and television star
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Dan Curtis to perform - Eastern Arizona Courier
Google News - over 5 years
He's worked with Bobby McFerrin, The Drifters, Tony Bennett, The Lettermen, Doc Severinsen and Dennis Miller. Curtis has also worked extensively in the recording industry as a recording engineer and studio musician on numerous projects and has written
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Lynn Roberts returns to Xavier stage Sept. 11 - Cincinnati.com
Google News - over 5 years
She has sung with other Hall of Fame leaders including Charlie Spivak, Benny Goodman, Harry James and (more recently) Doc Severinsen. Trombonist Bill Gemmer and his powerhouse Newport Dream Band will provide solid backing for Roberts during the concert
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Tom Garvin dies at 67; versatile jazz pianist, composer - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
In 1972, Garvin began writing songs for the Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen and eventually composed dozens of tunes for the TV program. "I'd just write them and send them in," Garvin told The Times in 1992. "I went in once and watched Doc
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Edmond-based concert series builds on its success - NewsOK.com
Google News - over 5 years
Doc Severinsen and his Big Band will perform on March 8. The former Tonight Show band leader is a Grammy Award-winner trumpeter whose combo performs a wide spectrum of music ranging from Basie and Ellington to Broadway and Latin-inspired jazz
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'Reeding' is Fundamental for This Whiz Kid - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Peterson has worked for many of the great composers/arrangers and bands, including John Williams, Pat Williams, Lennie Niehaus, Peter Matz, Tommy Newsom, Bill Holman, and Doc Severinsen to name a few. Miller said he is fortunate that Peterson has taken
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Reno-Tahoe This Week: Doc Severinsen embraces Gypsy music - Sacramento Bee
Google News - over 5 years
"From the very first day I heard these guys play, I wanted to do something to change things for the better, if I could," said Doc Severinsen of the San Miguel Five, with whom he'll perform next Sunday at Reno's Hawkins Amphitheater
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Construction of Hoover Dam starts in 1930 - Bend Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Musician-conductor Doc Severinsen is 84. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough is 78. Rock star Ringo Starr is 71. Singer-musician Warren Entner (The Grass Roots) is 68. Rock musician Jim Rodford is 66. Actor Joe Spano is 65
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Doc Severinsen
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 88
    In March, 2016, Severinsen appeared with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as conductor and soloist.
    More Details Hide Details Severinsen's children are Nancy, Cindy, Allen, Robin and Judy. He also has eight grandchildren, including Blaire and Gray Reinhard, who write and perform roots rock music together as the Blaire Reinhard Band. Severinsen has been married three times. Television writer and producer Emily Marshall is his third wife. They met when she was working as a secretary to The Tonight Show producer Fred de Cordova. Severinsen owned Severinsen Custom Trumpets, manufacturer of custom-made horns, including the Destino line of trumpets he personally tests. Severinsen now helps design new Destino trumpets for the S.E. Shires Company. Severinsen also enjoys cooking and collecting American art. Severinsen currently resides in Maryville, TN. With Louis Bellson With Bob Brookmeyer With Ruth Brown With Dizzy Gillespie With Lena Horne With Milt Jackson With Gene Krupa
  • 2014
    Age 86
    In 2014, Doc Severinsen was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame along with Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch's Sig Hansen and famed singer, Bobby Vee.
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  • 2012
    Age 84
    As of 2012, Severinsen is still performing on a regular basis with the group Doc Severinsen & the San Miguel 5 (formerly known as El Ritmo De La Vida).
    More Details Hide Details The group plays an eclectic variety of styles, including classical Spanish, gypsy jazz, and Latin and American ballads. In February 2012, the group was called on short notice to replace an ailing Marvin Hamlisch at a concert with the Nashville Symphony.
  • 2001
    Age 73
    Severinsen was also named Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music and Katherine K. Herberger Heritage Chair for Visiting Artists at Arizona State University School of Music in 2001 and 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He has also conducted the New York Pops orchestra at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 55
    Severinsen was the principal pops conductor for several American orchestras during and after his tenure on The Tonight Show. His first was with the Phoenix Symphony in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details He held similar positions with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Severinsen retired from active conducting in 2007, and was named Pops Conductor Emeritus in Milwaukee and Pops Conductor Laureate in Minnesota.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 39
    Severinsen took over as bandleader in 1967 and soon became noted for his flashy fashions.
    More Details Hide Details Under Severinsen's direction, The Tonight Show NBC Orchestra became the most visible big band in America. The band played incidental music for sketch comedy, guest introductions, and intermission music during station breaks. Severinsen took the opportunity to update many well known swing music and jazz standards, including classics by Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. Adept at comic interplay, Severinsen occasionally substituted for Ed McMahon as Johnny Carson's announcer and sidekick. Severinsen campaigned for the band to get featured slots during the show. The show introduced a "Stump the Band" segment in which audience members challenged the band to play obscure song titles, with the band responding with a comic piece. Severinsen often cried "key of E," his signal for the band to strike up a western theme, whereupon he would enthusiastically sing a country music-flavored nonsense song.
  • 1962
    Age 34
    He actually joined "The Tonight Show Band" several months before Johnny Carson's becoming host in October 1962.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 26
    Starting in 1954 during Steve Allen's tenure as host of NBC-TV's Tonight, Doc Severinsen played first trumpet in the band directed by Skitch Henderson.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on July 7, 1927.
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