Doc Severinsen Returns to Rochester April 17 with the New “Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra” Conducted by Jeff Tyzik

Tickets on Sale Thursday February 28 at 10 a.m.––Concert Marks Debut of New, Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra

Iconic trumpeter and legendary The Tonight Show bandleader, Doc Severinsen, will return to Rochester Wednesday, April 17 performing with the new, Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Tyzik.

The concert, produced by Sonic Era and Jazz90.1 WGMC-FM will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Greece Central Performing Arts Center. It is presented by Simcona Electronics Corporation.


Tickets are $24.25, $34.25, $44.25, $54.25 and $64.25 plus service charges and go on sale Thursday, February 28 at 10 a.m.

Proceeds of the concert benefit Jazz90.1 – a non-profit public jazz radio station in Rochester.

The 1483-seat Greece Central Performing Arts Center is located at 800 Long Pond Road at Greece Athena Middle and High School. Parking is free. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Will Call is located at the Art Center’s Box Office. The concert is two hours with a 20-minute intermission. 

Doc Severinsen last performed in Rochester with Jeff Tyzik in 2016. Now in his 91st year, Severinsen remains one of the greatest trumpeters and musicians of his time, respected in the worlds of classical music, jazz, big band, and now even world music.

The concert will celebrate the long-standing collaboration of Severinsen and Tyzik, one of America's most innovative and sought after pops conductors, who has orchestrated many of the great band leader’s symphony orchestra programs and produced the GRAMMY Award-winning album "The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen, Vol. 1." Tyzik's subsequent recordings with Severinsen garnered three more GRAMMY nominations.

“I'm extremely excited to present Doc Severinsen in conjunction with Jazz 90.1 WGMC,” said Stabnau, producer and founder of Sonic Era. “Having grown up hearing his music it's been a dream of mine to bring him to Rochester to perform with the big band sound, for which he is known. He is a jazz legend and an incredible entertainer.”

“Jazz90.1 is honored to be a part of such an amazing concert, and we are grateful to be able to present Doc Severinsen and this wonderful orchestra to Rochester music fans,” said Jazz90.1 Station Manager Rob Linton. “As Jazz90.1 celebrates our 45th anniversary this year, we remain committed to presenting amazing live jazz to our listeners and members. To have a legend like Mr. Severinsen perform is truly a dream come true for us.”

Debut of the New Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra

The concert also marks the debut of the new, 16-member Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra, which was founded by Stabnau, and will feature all-star jazz musicians from the Western New York region.

“The Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra is something that I have envisioned for a long time – a professional jazz big band in Rochester with the best players living in or from the region,” said 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. The Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra is that group!”

The Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra includes:

  • Bobby Militello, sax and flute, who played with Doc for four years with the Tonight Show Road Band

  • John Nugent, tenor sax, Artistic Director and Co-Producer of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

  • Erik Stabnau, tenor sax, lead tenor and assistant road manager with the Glen Miller Orchestra (they are on break that week from tour)

  • Karl Stabnau, baritone sax, founder of Sonic Era and Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra, Eastman School graduate

  • Herb Smith, trumpeter with the RPO, Broadway shows, and his own jazz groups; Director of Jazz Bands at Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Charlie Carr, trumpet, Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) graduate, Eastman School of Music

  • Mike Cottone, trumpet, Graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard, tours with Postmodern Jukebox and the Eagles

  • Brendan Lanighan, trombone, Bachelor of Music graduate, Eastman School of Music, former trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, currently studying at The Juilliard School

  • Nelson Campbell, trombone, Studying Jazz trombone at Brigham Young University

  • Jeff Campbell, bass, Director of Jazz Studies at Eastman School of Music

  • Rich Thompson, drums, tours with Doc and Byron Stripling Quartet, Associate professor of drums at Eastman School

  • And others!

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About Doc Severinsen

When Johnny Carson’s landmark late night television show ended in 1962, Doc Severinsen and His Big Band have been on the road; their repertoire including Ellington and Basie standards, pop, jazz, ballads, and big band classics. A Grammy award winner, Doc has made more than 30 albums–from big band to jazz-fusion to classical. Carl H. Severinsen was born on July 7th, 1927 in Arlington, Oregon, and was nicknamed “Little Doc” after his father, Dr. Carl Severinsen a dentist. Little Doc had originally wanted to play the trombone. But Doc Sr., a gifted amateur violinist, urged him to follow in his father’s footsteps. The Doc Jr. insisted on the trombone, which turned out to be unavailable in tiny Arlington’s music store. And so, a trumpet it would be. Doc tours regularly with his own Big Band and continues to perform with symphony orchestras all over the country. Over the years has been Principal Pops Conductor with the Phoenix Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Pacific Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Read more

About Jeff Tyzik

GRAMMY Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America's most innovative and sought after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Tyzik holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. This season, Tyzik will celebrate his 23rd season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and has appeared with over fifty orchestras including the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Read more

About Sonic Era

Sonic Era is a concert promotion and event management company founded in 2015 by Karl Stabnau. Stabnau is an award-winning jazz baritone saxophonist, who has toured nationally and internationally with his own groups as well as internationally with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Grammy winning “Gil Evans Centennial Project.” Sonic Era promotes concerts and manages jazz, classical and contemporary artists and provides performers and music planning services for private events throughout the Northeast and beyond. Read more

About Jazz90.1

Jazz90.1 (WGMC FM) broadcasts jazz music 24/7 at 90.1 FM and over the Internet, playing more hours of live, local jazz than any radio station in the U.S. The community jazz station is supported by thousands of members who believe in jazz. Half the station’s broadcast hours are focused on current artists committed to moving the music forward, playing more new music than any radio station in the U.S. It also plays the classics, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and more. The station is celebrating its 45th year on air this year.

About Simcona Electronics Corporation

Simcona is a Value-Add Services Provider and Stocking Distributor that ships electromechanical components, custom wire, structured cable, datacomm and surveillance products worldwide. Simcona’s sister companies, Quadristi, LLC and Spectrum Custom Wire & Cable Mfg., specialize in manufacturing.

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