Twenty years have passed since Doc Severinsen ended his 30-year stint on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” Judging by the average age in the intimate Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, most – if not all – of the near-capacity audience fondly remember the show and its charismatic trumpet player and band leader.
Severinsen was nearing the end of a brief tour with his latest aggregation, the San Miguel 5. This is not a pickup band. It doesn’t boast typical quintet instrumentation nor does it perform familiar crowd-pleasing tunes. In addition to Severinsen, the group consists of guitarist Gil Gutiérrez, violinist Charles Bisharat, percussionist Jimmy Branly and bassist Kevin Thomas.