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“Heeere’s Johnny,” followed by a big band trumpet blast was the landmark of late night TV for decades. The “Johnny” was Carson and the bandleader was Doc Severinsen. On April 16 at 7:30 p.m., Doc will take the stage at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St., with Nebraska Jazz Orchestra (as they celebrate their 40th anniversary) with swinging standards like “In a Sentimental Mood,” “Singing in the Rain,” “Georgia on My Mind,” The Tonight Show theme, and many more.

Tickets are on sale online, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

Within a week of the final telecast, Doc Severinsen and His Big Band were on the road, and to this day, audiences across America love and respect Doc, not just because he shared their living room for so many years, but because of Doc’s love of the big band repertoire.

A GRAMMY Award-winner, Doc has made more than 30 albums–from big band to jazz-fusion to classical. His accomplishments began in his hometown of Arlington, Oregon, population: 600. Born in 1927, Carl H. Severinsen was nicknamed “Little Doc” after his father, Dr. Carl Severinsen, a dentist. Little Doc had originally wanted to play the trombone, which turned out to be unavailable in tiny Arlington’s music store. And so, a trumpet it would be.

In 1949 Doc went to New York to become a staff musician for NBC. After years of playing with NBC’s many studio bands, Doc was invited to play a gig in the highly respected Tonight Show Band. The band leader at the time, Skitch Henderson, asked him to join that band in 1962 in the first trumpet chair. Five years later, Doc became the Music Director for “The Tonight Show” and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, Doc has not lost his flair for outrageous fashion, his trademark wit, or his ability to blow hard with his horn and hit the high notes.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Doc back to Johnny’s home state and alma mater,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center.