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Maynard Ferguson


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Walter “Maynard” Ferguson (May 4, 1928 – August 23, 2006) was a Canadian-born jazz trumpet player and bandleader.

Maynard’s first idol was trumpeter Harry James and he first received his music union card at age thirteen. He left Montreal at age eighteen with close friend and schoolmate, Oscar Peterson and secured a contract recording session work with RCA Victor’s prestigious Jazz division.

He came to prominence playing in Stan Kenton’s orchestra, before forming his own band in 1957. He was noted for being able to play accurately in a remarkably high register, and for his bands, which served as stepping stones for up-and-coming talent. Maynard also played a solo at the Closing Ceremony of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games at Montreal, Canada.


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  • dbarrett001

    I know what I like, and this was it.

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • kuini005

    me gusta escuchar a janis joplin y chuck mangione....gracias...irano.

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Makai2222

    Sat 3 feet in front of the man during a show in 1979, blew my ears and my mind. That cat was the real deal. Fortunate to have experienced one of the truly legendary players of his or any era.

    2 Jun 2011 Reply
  • bomba67

    Геніальний музикант!!!!

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
  • reagan0

    Makes me ecstatic, too, and I'm a saxophone player.

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Belle_ami

    I saw Maynard back in college in the early '70s. Inspirational! Wish I hadn't given the tshirt to my daughter :/

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • grandamaluko

    lol i agree..

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Momentum_

    Listening to Maynard makes me absolutely ecstatic as a trumpet player... :D

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • rfwebster

    Love Maynard

    4 May 2009 Reply
  • Longlivmaynard

    rest in peace maynard..u and doc inspired me to play

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Jacobsama

    my hero!

    10 Jan 2009 Reply
  • quickSS

    Maynard still inspires! I would like to hear suggestions of any other band that played with as much power and heavy sound. Bill Chase is all I can think of. Buddy Rich's groups were a bit more restrained. Woody Herman has some rockin' powerful Thundering Herds in the mid 70's but his tunes were more jazz than the jazz-rock of Maynard. Suggestions please.

    1 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Wings4DoubleV

    My life will never be the same. Why did it take me so long to find this?!?!?

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • MuzakMaster

    I feel the ambition but miss the feeling. You know the version by Weather Report? Try that!

    14 Dec 2008 Reply
  • MuzakMaster

    OK as a soundtrack, but not timeless ...

    14 Dec 2008 Reply
  • thaguru56

    big pimpin

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • samrakia

    Takes me back to my jazz band days... awesome!

    9 Oct 2008 Reply
  • franklin_balza

    excelente trabajo!!

    13 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Ytse_Ham

    Where's Coconut Champagne?

    10 Sep 2008 Reply
  • nigeD

    Wot no 'Give it One' ? Where have u all been all these years? Find MF Horn 2 and push it up the ratings!

    11 Apr 2008 Reply
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