Severinson to perform at the Lied Feb. 27

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Arts & Entertainment, Feb. 23

“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big band trumpet blast, was a hallmark of late-night television for three decades. The “Johnny” was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon and the bandleader was Doc Severinsen. Now, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, Severinson will bring his iconic big band sound back to the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Severinsen’s band has always featured “The Tonight Show’s” best musicians — including Ed Shaughnessy on drums, Ernie Watts on tenor sax and Snooky Young on trumpet. Their repertoire includes Ellington and Basie standards, pop, jazz, ballads, big band classics and, of course, “The Tonight Show” theme.

Tickets are $39, $35 and $29 and may be purchased online at, by calling 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center.

Dean Haist, local trumpet player and Arts Inc. executive director, will give a pre-talk in the Lied’s Steinhart Room at 7 p.m.

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