Jazz Beat - Doc Severinsen at 90: The Interview

Aug 3, 2017

This edition of Jazz Beat presents an interview conducted by guest host Peter Sokolowski with Doc Severinsen, famous as Johnny Carson’s bandleader on The Tonight Show and a virtuoso trumpet player who still practices every day. This conversation took place before a live audience in the recital hall at UMASS Amherst, and covers subjects from Doc’s early career touring with big bands, his work as a studio musician in New York, and his television days. He discusses several of his favorite players and concludes with his thoughts about retirement and his dedication to his instrument: “I think about the trumpet when I’m sleeping at night.”