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Doc Severinsen, iconic trumpeter and legendary bandleader for “The Tonight Show,” is performing in Rochester.

Accompanied by renowned singer Vanessa Thomas—best known for her five octave range—Severinsen will perform along with Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Tyzik, for the orchestra’s premiere performance.

“The Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra is something that I have envisioned for a long time—a professional jazz band in Rochester with the best players living in or from the region,” says orchestra founder Erik Stabnau. “Just as Rochester has a professional orchestra, it’s equally important that jazz and improvised music have a group that represents the same standards of artistic integrity and accomplishment.”

At 91 years old, Severinsen has recorded over 30 albums and is one of the greatest trumpeters and musicians of his time. He is well respected in the genres of classical music, big band, jazz and even world music. The concert is a celebration of Severinsen and Tyzik’s collaboration. Tyzik is one of the most sought-after pops conductors and orchestrated the Grammy Award-winning album “The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen, Vol. 1.”

Thomas has a command of many musical styles including opera, traditional choral works, jazz, blues, gospel and musical theater. She regularly performs with Severinsen and has shared the stage with many other notables including Ernie Watts and Mike Metheny.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Greece Central Performing Arts Center. sonicera.com


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