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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:03 am    Post subject: Maynard Ferguson's Passing Reply with quote

In case you hadn't heard, the great Maynard Ferguson passed away last night (Wednesday August 23, 2006) in Canada.

Maynard touched the lives of so many musicians during his long career. I thought it might be fitting if we leave some of our favorite memories of him.

I remember Maynard telling a story about how he was backstage after a Chick Correa performance. He introduced himself to Chick (as if anyone wouldn't know MF) and Chick was like "Maynard, I know who you are, I got my start with your band!" So many great musicians and future front-men got their start in Maynard's bands.

Rest in peace Maynard. The jazz world just lost a giant!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So sad...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow... how sad!!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One more great for God's trumpet corps. May he rest in peace.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Jake Sommers (of JPR fame) said it best. "Gabriel is now playing 2nd".
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote






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Maynard Ferguson May 4, 1928 - August 23, 2006
August 24, 2006
Maynard Ferguson passed away yesterday, 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 8:00 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, Wilder and other family members 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. 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 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.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the_lip wrote:
I think Jake Sommers (of JPR fame) said it best. "Gabriel is now playing 2nd".


lol so true... maynard you will be greatly missed.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not often without words. This is one of those times. I was blessed to be able to attend his last two Ohio shows at Massilon this year and last, and I am so fortunate that I was able to. I have nothing to say except that the world lost one of the finest this week. His memory will live on through those who knew him and through his recordings. I am blessed to have met him and seen his performances, and I will never forget... never.
Thank you Maynard.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's left to say? We all knew it would happen sooner or later. Still, we're never quite prepared when it finally does. I'm so happy that I was around to enjoy the thrill of hearing Maynard during his time on earth. My experience with this phenomenal musician began with discovering a short article about him in a music mag that happened to be sitting on my band director’s desk that touted his amazing chops (c. 1959), followed by my buying one of his recordings (roulette) later that year, then hearing him and his band for the first time in person at a college dance in 1962. Been a life long fan ever since. I'll miss him.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what to say but Rest In Peace and Thank you so much for all your music!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maynard has been an enormous influence on me and the entire trumpet playing community. He is one of the most influential trumpet players of the past century and it was an honor and a privilege to meet him, talk with him, and listen to his music. He will no doubt continue to influence me and my playing as long as I'm able to.

A sad day when a true legend leaves us.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maynard was an inspiration to so many players. He will always be the boss!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’m really lost for words, as we have lost one of the Greatest Trumpet
Players, and Entertainers of all time. He truly was a Great Ambassador for
both the Trumpet, and the Music he played. I met Maynard in 1973 in Buffalo
NY, I had followed his band to many different concerts for years, and heard
him many times through out South Western New York State until 1977, when I
moved to So. Ca. He was, and always will be a great inspiration to me, as
I’m certain most every trumpet player, who has ever played the trumpet. He
truly was a GIANT, and I will miss him greatly. Sadly, I really don’t know
what else to say...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:35 am    Post subject: Boss Reply with quote

God speed, old boy......

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watch the vid...it is good to see he was in good spirits even up to the end......

http://www.monette.net/newsite/news/2006Aug23Maynard.htm



Rest in peace Fox you were such an ispiration on my playing and always will be.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray Nelson put it best in a seperate thread here and Jake Sommers of JPR...

"Gabriel is now playing second trumpet."

Long live "The Boss!"

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Words cannot express my sadness. It's like a little bit of my youth was torn away. Like everyone here, I grew up loving his band and his music. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with his family. Blessings, Neil
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He was my hero. I'll miss him.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

O Fortuna: Variable as the moon. Ever dost thou wax and wane... It's this infernal waning that is so painful. Too much music left unplayed. Tsk.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, that section in heaven is getting deep..............
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