published Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Cleveland high school jazz clinic will feature Tonight Show's 'Doc' Severinsen

Former "Tonight Show" music director Doc Severinsen playing the trumpet as he re-records the theme music for CBS News Sunday Morning in this file photo.
Former "Tonight Show" music director Doc Severinsen playing the trumpet as he re-records the theme music for CBS News Sunday Morning in this file photo.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.


What: All State East Jazz Clinic concert with Doc Severinsen

Where: Walker Valley High School, 750 Lauderdale Memorial Highway, Cleveland, Tenn.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Cost: Free

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Some of East Tennessee's best high school jazz musicians will be teaming up with trumpet legend "Doc" Severinsen this weekend, and the public is invited.

The 2012 All State East Jazz Clinic begins Friday at Walker Valley High School. Some 60 high school musicians from Chattanooga to Johnson City will be here Friday and Saturday.

On Friday the musicians will rehearse and participate in clinics with Jamey Simmons, director of jazz studies at Middle Tennessee State University; Phillip Gregory, band director at Siegal Middle School in Murfreesboro; and Jeff McIntosh, band director at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga.

An improvisation clinic for students will be led by Lee University's Alan Wyatt.

Students also will record audition tapes for the All State Band, which will be selected in April.

On Saturday, Severinsen, famed music director for the "Tonight Show With Johnny Carson," joins students for rehearsal and a clinic with band directors.

Severinsen and the students will present a public concert at 7 p.m. in the Walker Valley auditorium.

Alan Hunt, Walker Valley band director, said the East Tennessee clinic has been hosted in Knoxville in the past. This is Walker Valley's first time as host.

Walker Valley students John Burton and Catherine Betts said improvisation attracted them to jazz.

"It's different from the concert band because the style is so laid back," Betts said.

"It's really cool to take what you know about classical music and apply it to jazz," Burton said.

Both have traveled to band clinics, so they expect to be welcoming friends from the other schools.

The audience can expect some big band sounds with all that jazz, Hunt said.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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