Ferguson, Maynard, 1928-2006

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Walter Maynard Ferguson was born on May 4, 1928 in Verdun, an arrondissement of Montreal, Canada. His mother was a violinist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and and he and his brother Percy showed early musical aptitude. Maynard was a featured trumpet soloist with the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) orchestra before he entered high school, and studied trumpet with Bernard Baker at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. Still in his teens, he took over as bandleader in his brother Percy's band, and in 1948 moved to the United States. In the U.S., he played for the bands led by Charlie Barnet, Boyd Raeburn, and Stan Kenton; he worked as a studio musician for Paramount, appearing on the soundtrack for The Ten Commandments, among many other titles. Ferguson's career as a bandleader flourished after leaving Paramount, notably with the Birdland Dream Band. In the 1960s, Ferguson lived on the Millbrook, New York estate of Timothy Leary, and eventually relocated to the United Kingdom, Barcelona, and India in association with the Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh. He returned to New York in 1973, and moved to Ojai, Califormia in 1975, achieving major commercial success with "Gonna Fly Now," and continuing with a series of touring bands, including Big Bop Nouveau band. A multi-instrumentalist in addition to his virtuosity on trumpet, he also played valve trombone and baritone horn among others, including the specialized Firebird and Superbone instruments. Ferguson died on August 23, 2006, in Ventura, California.
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referencedIn Department of Music of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1937-1983 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. University Archives.
referencedIn Jimmy Ford Collection MSS 345., 1988 Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library,
creatorOf Maynard Ferguson, circa 1948-2006 University of North Texas. Music Library
creatorOf NCSA Jazz Ensemble. NCSA Jazz Ensemble [sound recording]. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
referencedIn Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984. Still learning : manuscript, 1964-1977. Houghton Library
referencedIn Ambassador Auditorium Collection, 1974-1995 Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Verdun 10 CA
Verdun 10 CA
Barcelona 56 ES
Ventura CA US
Oakley Green ENG UK
State of Andhra Pradesh 02 IN
Los Angeles CA US
Millbrook NY US
New York City NY US
Ojai CA US
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Big band music
Jazz
Trumpet
Occupation
Bandleaders
Trumpet players
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Birth 1928-05-04

Death 2006-08-23

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Canadians

English,

French

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