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RIC jazz concert to feature music of Doc Severinsen May 3

The RIC Concert Jazz Band, directed by Joseph Foley, will perform the music of legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen. The concert, held Monday, May 3, starts at 8 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.


Joseph Foley, left, leads a rehearsal with RIC students.

Although he is a virtuoso trumpeter, Severinsen is best known for his long tenure as bandleader for the NBC Orchestra on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” which ran from 1962 until 1992. During his time on the "Tonight Show," Severinsen was also the principal pops conductor for the Phoenix Symphony and held similar positions at five other orchestras.

Foley is the principal trumpet in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and assistant professor of music at RIC, where his responsibilities include instruction of all trumpet students.

Tickets for the concert are $10 Discounts are available for RIC faculty, staff, students, alumni, seniors and children. For your convenience, tickets can be purchased in advance via Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; or at the box office in the lobby of the appropriate performance venue, which will open for sales two hours prior to performance start time.