WORLD FAMOUS FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS, BAND LEADER SEVERINSEN ALSO SERVED AS JOHNNY CARSON’S BELOVED FOIL & SIDEKICK ON ‘THE TONIGHT SHOW’
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2018)–Legendary trumpeter and iconic entertainer Doc Severinsen will join forces with Santa Anita Bugler Jay Cohen as they team with a call to the post this Sunday at The Great Race Place. Known to millions worldwide as bandleader on one of the greatest television shows of all-time, The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson, Severinsen, 90, continues to tour and will also be joined on-track Sunday by his partner and International Trumpet Guild President, Cathy Leach.
“We are delighted to be filming a documentary on my Dad, produced by an independent film company run by Kevin S. Bright, Jeff Consiglio and Arian Garfunkel,” said Nancy Severinsen, who works in Los Angeles as Music Supervisor on “Dancing With the Stars.” “Any film on our Dad would be remiss not to include his love and history of horse racing in telling his story.”
A frequent visitor at Los Alamitos Racecourse during The Tonight Show’s heyday in the 1970s and 80s, Severinsen’s ties to horseracing run deep, as he has owned Quarter Horses and his son, Allen trained Thoroughbreds, primarily in the Bay Area, and is currently working as a booking agent for Hubbard Van Lines in Southern California.
In addition to his musical prowess, the colorful Severinsen, who occasionally filled in for Ed McMahon as Carson’s on-set sidekick, developed an affinity for exotic clothing and was also a major comedic contributor on the show that was home to the biggest names in entertainment during its incredible run from 1962 through 1992.
“Doc is truly an amazing human being,” said Cohen, who in addition to calling the horses to the post each race day at Santa Anita, is an accomplished stand-up comedian and magician. “Without question, Doc Severinsen is among the top 10 trumpeters who have ever lived. He’s excited to be coming out here on Sunday and I know the fans will love it.”
In addition to his on-track performance late on Sunday’s nine-race program, Santa Anita will also name a race for Severinsen and honor him with a Winner’s Circle ceremony.
First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.