PARK HILLS – A trumpet legend and TV personality will headline Mineral Area College’s 30th Annual Jazz Festival March 12. Due to high demand, the evening concert is being held at the Centene Center in Farmington.
Doc Severinsen, trumpet legend and Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” band leader, will be the guest artist for Mineral Area College’s 30th Annual Jazz Festival. He’ll play at an 8:30 p.m. concert March 12, at the Centene Center in Farmington. Reserved tickets are $20 for adults/$15 for students and go on sale Feb. 15 at the Centene Center Box office, or by calling 573-756-0900.
For 25 years, Severinsen was arguably the best-known trumpet player in America, appearing on television every weeknight as the leader of the Tonight Show Orchestra. A Grammy award winner, Severinsen has recorded more than 30 albums – from big band to jazz-fusion to classical. He tours regularly with his own Big Band and continues to perform with symphony orchestras all over the country.
The legendary musician will also be working with students, as jazz clinics are one of the main parts of the annual jazz festival which brings in schools from as far north as St. Louis and as far south as northern Arkansas. Severinsen will present a master class at noon.
The foundation for the community college’s annual jazz festival was based on the hard work and commitment of MAC’s late music instructor, Carol Moore. The jazz festival was renamed in her memory after she passed away in 2008.
For more information about MAC’s jazz fest, contact Michael Goldsmith, director of jazz for the Music Department, 573-518-2230.