[JPL] Maynard Ferguson
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Maynard Ferguson May 4, 1928 - August 23, 2006We'll miss you, Maynard.
August 23, 2006
Maynard Ferguson passed away today, at the age of 78. Here is the statement
released by Maynard's management.
LEGENDARY MUSICIAN MAYNARD FERGUSON DIES
Grammy Nominated Trumpeter Known for "Gonna Fly Now"
Theme To Movie "ROCKY" was 78
Ojai, CA (August 24, 2006) - Walter "Maynard" Ferguson, one of the most
influential musicians and band leaders in the history of Jazz, passed away
August 23rd at 9:00 pm Pacific Time at Community Memorial Hospital in
Ventura, California. He was 78 years old. His death was the result of kidney
and liver failure brought on by an abdominal infection. Mr. Ferguson's four
daughters, Kim, Lisa, Corby, and Wilder were at his side when he passed away
after this brief illness. He spoke by phone with his friend and manager
Steve Schankman from St. Louis, longtime tour manager Ed Sargent, and
friend, and fellow trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.
Mr. Ferguson had recently returned home to California from New York after
several sold out performances in July at the famed Blue Note Club plus.
During this time, Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau band also recorded a new
album at Bennett Studios in Englewood, New Jersey.
Maynard Ferguson, born May 4th 1928 in Montreal, started his career at the
age of 13 when he performed as a featured soloist with the Canadian
Broadcasting Company Orchestra. He played with some of the great Big Band
Leaders of the 1940's including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy
Gillespie, Charlie Barnett, Jimmy Dorsey and Stan Kenton. In 1945, at age
17, Ferguson became the leader of his own Big Band. The 78-year old musical
phenomenon went on to record more than 60 albums, receiving numerous honors
and awards including the GRAMMY® nomination for "Gonna Fly Now." In 2005,
Ferguson was awarded Canada's highest civilian honor, the "Order of Canada"
from the Right Honorable Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. In addition to
those accolades, Ferguson has been the recipient of DownBeat Magazine's
prestigious "DownBeat" Award.
"The Boss," as Ferguson is known, has been performing for packed houses for
decades. His recent DVD release, "Live at The Top," captures one of his most
memorable performances, a concert held at the Plaza Hotel in Rochester New
York in 1975, with Ferguson performing alongside fellow music pioneers Stan
Mark, Ernie Garside and Bruce Johnston. Most recently, Ferguson and Big Bop
Nouveau Band had been touring the United States. He was preparing for a Fall
Tour beginning mid-September in Tokyo, Japan. He had also been invited to
play for the King of Thailand's 80th birthday in January.
Mr. Ferguson's body will be cremated in his hometown of Ojai, California.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Maynard Ferguson Music Scholarship
Fund at University of Missouri - St. Louis, which was established by Steve
Schankman at Maynard's 75th birthday celebration. Mr. Schankman and the
Ferguson family are planning a memorial concert to take place in St. Louis
which will feature many of the band's alumni as and friends who Mr. Ferguson
performed with during his more than 60-year musical career.
Mr. Ferguson's latest, and last, recording will be released later this year
as a legacy to the life of Maynard Ferguson.
Steven F. Schankman will be available for interview August 24th. Please
contact Cindy Tangaro at (314) 721-9090 ext. 203 to book a time.
For more information or to request images of Maynard Ferguson, please
contact the same number or email ctangaro at contemporaryproductions.com
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