RIP: Maynard Ferguson

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  • 08-24-2006, 01:08 PM
    Woochifer
    RIP: Maynard Ferguson
    Add another great trumpet player to that all-star big band in the sky ...

    Maynard Ferguson died yesterday in Ojai, California at age 78. He was one of the last remaining big band leaders whose roots go all the way back to the big band heyday, having gotten his start with Stan Kenton's band.

    My exposure to Maynard Ferguson's solo material is pretty much limited what I've heard on jazz radio and his session work with other artists, but from what I have heard, the man had great range and liked to stay in those high notes. A few weeks ago, I was thinking about picking up the big band recording that he did several years ago for the Concord Jazz label, so I'll do that after work tonight.