Ferguson, Maynard

Ferguson, Maynard
born May 4, 1928, Montreal, Que., Can.

Canadian trumpeter and bandleader.

Ferguson led a big band with his brother in his native Montreal while still a teenager. Moving to the U.S. in 1948, he performed with Jimmy Dorsey (1904–57), Charles Barnet, and Stan Kenton before forming his own big band in 1956. He became known for his mastery of the trumpet's highest register. His recording of "Gonna Fly Now" from the film Rocky brought him commercial success in 1978. A versatile, energetic performer (he also plays many of the woodwind and lower brass instruments), he has inspired brass players for decades with his strong tone and sure technique.

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▪ 2007

      Canadian jazz musician (b. May 4, 1928, Verdun [now Montreal], Que.—d. Aug. 23, 2006, Ventura, Calif.), was a virtuoso trumpet player who thrilled audiences by playing solos in phenomenally high notes and leading big bands of top young musicians. Ferguson moved to the United States in the late 1940s and first became regarded as a high-note specialist while in the Stan Kenton band (1950–53). The big bands he began leading in 1956 featured a series of outstanding musicians, including pianists Jaki Byard, Chick Corea, and Joe Zawinul; tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter; trumpeter Don Ellis; and arrangers Don Sebesky and Slide Hampton. As fusion music became popular, Ferguson began playing big-band jazz-rock arrangements; his recordings of “MacArthur Park” (1970) and the theme from the film Rocky, “Gonna Fly Now” (1977), were his major hits. After 1968 he taught annually at a school near Madras (now Chennai), India, and he also taught in the U.S. From the late 1980s he toured with his Big Bop Nouveau band.

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