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August 31, 2006

Tribute Concert for Maynard Ferguson

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Jazz Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson Remembered in Tribute Concert

A tribute concert for the late jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson will take place on Wednesday, September 20th, in St. Louis. The concert will be dedicated to the life and music of the “Boss,” as the great musician and bandleader was known.
The announcement was made by the musician’s family in association with Steve Schankman and Contemporary Productions, Ferguson’s management.

Coming to pay their musical respects in performance are members of Ferguson’s most recent group, Big Bop Nouveau, along with many other soloists from his band alumni.

Born in Montreal in 1928, Maynard Ferguson’s career began at the age of 13 with the Canadian Broadcasting Company Orchestra, and went on to span over fifty years. The internationally renowned jazz musician and bandleader was known for his signature style that used the higher register of notes on the trumpet, and for his re-arrangements of pop music in a contemporary style. 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. At the age of 17 he became the leader of the first of his many bands, going on to record more than 60 albums, garnering numerous honors and awards including a Grammy nomination for “Gonna Fly Now,” the hit theme song from the “Rocky” movies, and receiving three Downbeat Awards. In recognition of his enormous contribution to the music industry, 2005 Ferguson was awarded Canada’s highest civilian honor, the “Order of Canada.”

Mr. Ferguson had recently returned home to California from New York after several sold out performances in July at the famed Blue Note Club. During this time, Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau band also recorded a new album, which will be released later this year as a legacy to his life.

for more information, visit www.maynardferguson.com

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