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Maynard Ferguson: 7th Heaven

Maynard Ferguson

This May 4th, Maynard Ferguson celebrated his 70th Birthday with a weeklong gig at the Blue Note in New York featuring his latest band, Big Bop Noveau (to hear one of the sets, check out the Blue Note broadcast archives, on the web at http://www.audionet.com/concerts/bluenote/).

When he debuted with Stan Kenton’s Orchestra in 1950, Canadian Maynard Ferguson quickly developed a reputation for his ability play in the uppermost registers of the horn with remarkable accuracy. Over the past forty years, he’s demonstrated that he was no one-trick pony. For this listener, Ferguson’s jazz chops were certified on the 1954 Mercury recording, Dinah Jams a session based around singer Dinah Washington with the singular trumpet stylings of Ferguson, Clifford Brown and Clark Terry proving to be particularly memorable.

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