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Hal Leonard Music Minus Maynard Big Bop Nouveau For Bb Trumpet CD/Pkg Famous for his impressively accurate and astonishingly high notes, Canadian trumpeter Maynard Ferguson was one of an extremely small number of musicians and bandleaders to forge a career that extended from the era of big bands and through the rise of rock and roll. A 1992 Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, the arc of Ferguson's playing took him through big band swing, bebop, cool jazz, Latin, and jazz-rock fusion with both classical and operatic flavorings thrown in.

Ferguson was also devoted to fostering music education in America. Through master classes in jazz performance and technique given throughout his career, Ferguson reached an enormous number of professional and amateur trumpet performers.

From his 1950 debut with Stan Kenton's Orchestra, Ferguson's great gift was his ability to hit accurate high notes that were also powerful and graced with rich musicality and impressive tone. In interviews he attributed this bravura ability to breath-control techniques he had acquired while growing up in Montreal.

Toward the end of his life, Ferguson stressed the importance he placed in keeping his band and playing style alive. Alumni of Ferguson's many bands formed a tribute ensemble that included trumpeters Wayne Bergeron, Patrick Hession, and Eric Miyashiro and their touring and performances by other tribute bands are keeping the Ferguson influence before appreciative audiences.


Though the Philharmonic Society of New York was organized in 1842, it didn't move to Lincoln Center until 1962 with the newly constructed Philharmonic Hall as its new home. European classical pieces formed the bulk of its repertoire. The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, as it was by then known, began performing more works by living composers under director Leonard Bernstein in the '60s. By the time Pierre Boulez—the first French citizen to hold the post of Philharmonic music director—arrived in 1971, the venerable music organization was ready to expand its offerings even more. Boulez announced that jazz, popular pieces and rock and role would be included in special concerts at the hall. (Today Philharmonic Hall is known as Avery Fisher hall in honor of the pro-audio pioneer who financed its renovation in the mid 1970s.)


Week of April 25, 2011
Event: At Decca Studios Charlie Parker Made His First Commercial Recording April 30, 1941

Birthday: Duke Ellington Born April 29, 1899

Week of April 18, 2011
Event: Pipeless Organ Patented by Laurens Hammond April 24, 1934

Birthday: Tito Puente Born April 20, 1923

Week of April 4, 2011
Event: Herp Alpert Born April 4, 1939

Birthday: Freddie Hubbard Born April 7, 1938

Week of March 28, 2011
Birthday: Michael Brecker Born March 29, 1949

Birthday: Herp Alpert Born March 31, 1935

Week of March 14, 2011
Event: Joseph Haydn's Surprise Symphony Is Performed for the First Time March 23, 1792

Birthday: Johann Sebastian Bach Born March 21, 1685

Week of March 7, 2011
Event: Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians Recorded Auld Lang Syne March 7, 1939

Birthday: Leon Bismark (Bix) Beiderbecke March 10, 1903

Week of February 28, 2011
Event: Miles Davis Records "Kind of Blue" on Columbia Records March 2, 1959
Birthday: Frédéric Chopin Marc 1, 1810

Week of February 21, 2011
Event: Duke Ellington Records "The Queen's Suite"
Birthday: Dexter Gordon February 27, 1923

Week of February 14, 2011
Event: Sonny Rollins Records his Title Track "The Bridge" February 14, 1962
Birthday: Buddy DeFranco February 17, 1923

Week of February 7, 2011
Event: Rhapsody in Blue is Performed for the First Time February 12, 1924
Birthday: Marion "Buddy" Childers February 12, 1926

Week of January 31, 2011
Event: Frank Sinatra Debuts on Radio's "Your Hit Parade" February 6, 1943
Birthday: Stanley "Stan" Getz February 2, 1927

Week of January 24, 2011
Event: Original Dixieland Jazz Band Makes the First Jazz Record January 30, 1917
Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart January 27, 1756