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Paul Shaffer to perform with Brazosport Jazz Orchestra on May 21 at the Clarion

Paul Shaffer to perform with Brazosport Jazz Orchestra on May 21 at the Clarion

Tue May 3, 2022

Paul Shaffer

Popular singer, composer, musical director and band leader Paul Shaffer will take the stage with the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra for a concert on May 21 at The Clarion at Brazosport College.

The show, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 29, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For 33 years Paul Shaffer served as David Letterman's musical director and sidekick. Shaffer began his career in 1972 as musical director of the Toronto production of "Godspell." He played piano in "The Magic Show" on Broadway in 1974, and then spent the next five years with the original "Saturday Night Live," where he played keyboards, composed special musical material and, in 1980, became a featured performer.  In 1977, Shaffer took a brief break from the show to star in the CBS comedy series, "A Year at the Top," produced by Norman Lear and Don Kirshner. After his return to "Saturday Night Live," he collaborated with Gilda Radner on the songs for her Broadway show, in which he also appeared. He served as musical director for the Blues Brothers – John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd – for their triple-platinum album and national tour.

His guest-starring television appearances include “Ed,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Schitt's Creek" and “How I Met Your Mother.” Shaffer starred with Bill Murray in – and was musical director for – the recent Netflix special "A Very Murray Christmas," directed by Sofia Coppola, for which he received his fourth Emmy nomination.

Shaffer’s May 21 show is being sponsored by Freeport LNG. Tickets are $50 for adults, $45 for seniors and $20 for students and children. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Clarion Box Office at (979) 230-3156. 

Shaffer is the final show of the Clarion’s 2021-22 concert season. The artists appearing in the upcoming 2022-23 season will be announced soon.

For more information about The Clarion at Brazosport College or to purchase tickets, contact the Clarion Box Office at (979) 230-3156 or online at