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Wayne Bergeron: Steppin’ Out

Wayne Bergeron

Gary Foster has long been recognized as one of the finest saxophone and flute specialists in Los Angeles recording studios. He knows that praise is not something that can be counted on in his line of work. But an incident in 1999 crystallized his estimation of trumpeter Wayne Bergeron. Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band was augmented by some L.A. players and during a rehearsal, Maynard made a pronouncement. “I just want to say,” said the high-note legend, “while Wayne is here with his colleagues, that no trumpet player has ever made Maynard Ferguson sound as good as Wayne Bergeron has!”

The ensuing years have borne out that endorsement. “In any field of the arts,” Foster offers, “there never seems to be a need for one more person. However, the extraordinarily talented individual-who has everything-often makes a place for himself. And Wayne has it all. The respect that flows to him as a trumpet player and as a person is wonderful to see.”

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