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Doc Severinsen

Biography

Born: July 7, 1927; Arlington, OR  
For 25 years, Doc Severinsen was arguably the best-known trumpet player in America, appearing on television every weeknight as the leader of the Tonight Show Orchestra. Known for his exceptionally loud wardrobe, Severinsen often bantered good-naturedly with host Johnny Carson, while supplying the show's incidental music (bridging commercial breaks, introducing guests, etc.). Despite the musical limitations of that format, the Tonight Show Read more Orchestra was increasingly considered one of the best big-band jobs available as time passed: generous exposure, steady work, and declining options elsewhere. Severinsen maintained a side career to allow himself to stretch out, recording bop, big-band swing, and crossover-friendly instrumental pop for a series of labels beginning in the '60s. When The Tonight Show was on hiatus, he toured with smaller groups and guested with numerous jazz and pops orchestras around the country. He had his critics in the jazz world, partly because his albums weren't strictly jazz, but also partly because he didn't display his chops very often; he was an able bebop soloist with a bright, clean tone and a tremendous range in the upper register of his horn. In the mid-'80s, he finally brought the Tonight Show Orchestra into the studio for a series of popular and well-received recordings. When the orchestra broke up in 1992, Severinsen hit the road with a select group of alumni, and also continued his guest appearances around the country. Read less
Browse 1-6 of 6 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Good Medicine / Doc Severinsen
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 66062 Release Date: 07/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Bettis,  Paul McCartney,  Nino Rota,  Dick Hyman  ... 
    Performer:  Doc Severinsen
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    Top 20 - The Very Best Of Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80401 Release Date: 09/27/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Brad Fiedel,  Traditional,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Muckenfuss,  Paul Patterson,  Jeanne Dulaney,  Tim Berens  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Central State University Chorus
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    The Telarc Collection Vol 6
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89106 Release Date: 09/29/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  P.D.Q. Bach,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Bert Kaempfert,  John Denver  ... 
    Performer:  Doc Severinsen,  Hilton Ruiz,  Dizzy Gillespie,  Clifford Jordan  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schickele,  David Zinman,  Erich Kunzel,  Martin Pearlman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turtle Mountain Naval Base Tactical Wind Ensemble,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops  ... 
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    The Telarc Collection Vol 3
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89103 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thelonious Monk,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Mark Fisher,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Charlie Sepulveda,  Wynton Marsalis,  Dizzy Gillespie,  Paul Katz  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Erich Kunzel,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland String Quartet,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Christmas With The Pops / Kunzel, Cincinnatti Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80226 Release Date: 10/08/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  Leroy Anderson,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Doc Severinsen,  Rosemary Clooney,  Toni Tennille,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  May Festival Chorus,  Cincinnati Performing Arts School Chorus  ... 
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  • 6.
    Trumpet Spectacular / Doc Severinsen, Erich Kunzel
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80223 Release Date: 03/15/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Doc Severinsen
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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