Trustee and alum Kevin Bright ’76 co-directed the new documentary, “Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story,” which debuts this Friday on PBS’s “American Masters” program. It recently received a Critic’s Pick by TV Guide, The New York Times published a Q&A with Severinsen in advance of the film’s airing, and it was included on the LA Times’ “What’s on TV This Week” list.
The documentary examines the professional and personal life of Severinsen, the longtime trumpeter and bandleader of “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, who is now in his 90s and as active as ever, and still playing music.
Severinsen’s response when asked if he is still discovering new things about the trumpet:
Oh, yeah. But when you pick up a trumpet, don’t think it’s going to be a bouquet of roses the rest of your life. You get out of the trumpet exactly what you put into the trumpet. If you put bad timing and a bad attitude, anything negative at all into the trumpet, it comes right back to hit you in the face.