Current Maynard Ferguson and Big Bop Nouveau news and announcements.
February 20, 2006
January 28, 2006
In a recent interview with Jazz Player Radio, Maynard's tour manager, Ed Sargent, announced that Maynard's next album will be a live album recorded in London and entitled "MF Horn 6"! This album will be available in mid-February and will be initially available only on this web site and at concerts. More details as they arrive...
December 27, 2005
Maynard's lead trumpeter, Patrick Hession [bio], isn't just sitting around during Big Bop Nouveau's December break. He's playing with classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd on December 30th in Michigan! Details of the show are here.
Former MF trumpeter (and fan favorite) Carl Fischer has just been hired by none other than Billy Joel to perform with him on his upcoming tour. Carl will be playing trumpet and superbone.
The MF Tribute Page has had a pretty decent quarter in its partnership with Amazon.com so far. But there are only a few days left in Q4! If you have any Amazon shopping to do, I would ask you (as a favor) to do so from any of the Amazon links on this site or from this link to Amazon.com.
Some of you may remember Jazz DVD Marketing. They are a great company that was the first to offer Maynard's "At The Top" DVD. They've recently launched their new website and have quite a few jazz DVDs available for purchase. Because we've had a good partnership with them in the past, they are offering us a few promotions right now. To check them out, visit them at this link and enter one of the coupon codes below at checkout:
November 27, 2005
Do you love MF and have some artistic ability? I'm looking for someone to design a few MF wallpapers that will be made available as free downloads from this site. Contact me at matt @ ferguson.net (no spaces) if you're interested.
Here are some updated bios of MF's current personnel:
Maynard Ferguson - trumpet; leader. (you all know his bio information)
In 1996, Hession joined The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, where he was the lead and feature trumpeter for almost three years. Hession then realized his dream in 2000, when he joined Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band, where he has been the lead trumpeter for over the past five years. As well as being an active sideman, Hession has played with Marty Allen & Steve Rossi, Paul Anka, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Susan Anton, The Association, Randy Brecker, Ray Brown, Conte Candoli, Charo, Pete Christlieb, Denis DiBlasio, Vince DiMartino, The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards, Michael Feinstein, Carl Fontana, The Four Freshmen, The Four Tops, Heart, Steve Houghton, Jerry Lewis, Frank Mantooth, Rich Matteson, Rob McConnell, Don Menza & The Don Menza Big Band, The Mills Brothers, Bob Mintzer, The OJ's, Diane Reeves, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Rufus Reid, Mavis Rivers, Lalo Rodrigues, Ed Shaughnessy, Diane Schuur, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Dave Steinmeyer, Spyder Turner, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Ben Vereen, Joe Williams, Phil Woods Quintet, Snooky Young, the International Symphony Orchestra, recorded with Diane Schuur & Maynard Ferguson, "Swingin' for Schuur", 2001, Reggie Watkins, "A-List", 2004 and Kenneth Robinson's debut classical CD,"Festive Masterpieces for Trumpet and Organ", where Patrick played 2nd piccolo trumpet in A and 4th, 5th and 6th trumpet in G. He has authored a book in 2003, "For the sake of lead trumpet playing - HESSIONS SESSIONS Guide to consistent, reliable and sometimes, Invincible Chops!" Also in 2003, Patrick subbed on 3rd trumpet for "The Producers". In 2005, Patrick played lead trumpet for "The Rat Pack Returns in The Tribute to Frank, Joey & Dean". Hession plays Monette Trumpets and Mouthpieces exclusively and is a clinician for the David G. Monette Corporation.
Matt Parker- Tenor
Jeff Lashway- Piano
Stockton recently released Lodestar, his debut album as a bandleader. Lodestar, a NohJoh Music release, is an all original music project that also features Stockton's contemporaries Ken Edwards, Tom Luer, Noel Johnston, and Brian Mulholland. Lodestar was selected by Maynard Ferguson to be the newest album in his MF Presents series.
Stockton graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor's in Music in May 2003. He attended the highly esteemed jazz school from the fall of 1998 until the spring of 2003. During those years Stockton studied with world renowned drum set teacher Ed Soph. Stockton was also a member of the Grammy award winning One O'clock Lab Band, under the direction of Neil Slater. Stockton appears on two of the One O'clock Band's albums, LAB 2002 and Lab 2003.
The Sound Guy
Ed Sargent- Tour
Ed actively produces around 200 live shows a year with the great Maynard Ferguson. Over the years Ed has had the opportunity to produce / Tour Manage acts like, Art Blakey, Diane Schuur, Heart, Dizzy Gillespie, Marlena Shaw, Billy Eckstein, Dr. Lonnie Liston Smith, Al Hirt, Billy Cobham and more.
Ed has also been
actively involved as the Executive Producer of many of Maynard Ferguson
projects over the years namely. Foot Path Café, Live
From London, These Cats Can Swing, One More Trip To
Birdland, Brass Attitude with DVD projects including
At The Top and also Directing and Executive Producing on Live
at the King Cat Theatre in Seattle, Washington with Diane Schuur.
Ed has also been actively involved in the Maynard Ferguson Presents Series
as Executive Producer for the projects with Tom Garling, Christian Jacob,
Carl Fisher and Maynards current Musical Director, Reggie Watkins.
September 29, 2005
Maynard's been managed by Contemporary Productions for several months now. Here is the list of his management personnel:
Steve Schankman - Personal Manager
Richard LaBonte - Business Affairs
Denise Lanser- Tour Direction
Carol Burton - Bookkeeper
September 24, 2005
Maynard's latest tour kicked off on September 23. Here is his latest personnel list:
Maynard Ferguson - trumpet; leader. (you all know his bio information)
In 1996, Hession joined The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, where he was the lead and feature trumpeter for almost three years. Hession then realized his dream in 2000, when he joined Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band, where he has been the lead trumpeter for over the past five years. As well as being an active sideman, Hession has played with the International Symphony Orchestra, recorded with Diane Schuur & Maynard Ferguson, "Swingin' for Schuur", 2001, Reggie Watkins, "A-List", 2004 and Kenneth Robinson's debut classical CD,"Festive Masterpieces for Trumpet and Organ", where Patrick played 2nd piccolo trumpet in A and 4th, 5th and 6th trumpet in G. He has authored a book in 2003, "For the sake of lead trumpet playing - HESSIONS SESSIONS Guide to consistent, reliable and sometimes, Invincible Chops!" Also in 2003, Patrick subbed on 3rd trumpet for "The Producers". In 2005, Patrick played lead trumpet for "The Rat Pack Returns in The Tribute to Frank, Joey & Dean". Hession plays Monette Trumpets and Mouthpieces exclusively and is a clinician for the David G. Monette Corporation.
Matt Parker- Tenor
Jeff Lashway- Piano
The Sound Guy
Ed Sargent- Tour
July 16, 2005
2 new Maynard re-issues
are now available: Hollywood
Jam Sessions and Band
Aint Draggin 1950-1954
May 26, 2005
Merchandise news: 2 Maynard albums have just been re-issued. MF Horn 1 and Maynard Ferguson (also known as Alive and Well in London) are now available on CD! They can be ordered from Amazon or from Wounded Bird Records. Note: Ordering from Amazon benefits this site directly.
MF's first DVD, Live At The Top, is now available at Amazon for only $9.99!
A new DVD featuring MF and Big Bop Nouveau is now available at MF concerts. It will be available on this web site in the next month or so.
March 3, 2005
most important news item is a sad one. On Sunday, February 27th, Maynard's
wife of over 50 years, Flo Ferguson, passed away. What follows is a statement
from the Ferguson family:
Thank you for your thoughts for Maynard and our family. Our mother's passing, while a sad occassion, was painless and we are thankful that Maynard was home to be with her to the end. Maynard and Flo had a wonderful marriage together for five decades. They were an inspiration to us all in their devotion and love for each other. Flo was a fiery spirit who kept Maynard entertained and happy. Many of their adventures together took them to exotic places. They fell in love with India - its music, colors, smells, and spirituality. It influenced his music and their lives.
Flo's wishes, there will not be any services beyond immediate family.
For those of you asking what you might be able to do or send after the
loss of Flo, the family is requesting dontations be sent to the Seva Foundation
- www.seva.org. Seva is active in India
as well as many other countries around the globe doing much for very little.
Thank you again for your thoughts during this time.
Tour 73 kicks off
in march, and here is the personnel:
TROMBONE/MUSIC DIRECTOR - REGGIE WATKINS
SAXOPHONE - MATT PARKER
PIANO - JI YOUNG LEE
TOUR MANAGER - ED
first DVD, Maynard Ferguson Live At The Top, shipped on February 15th
and we've sold over 1000 through this site! Finally, the fans have some
MF video! If you haven't ordered it yet, order
January 22 , 2005
Next week, the MF Tribute Page turns 9 years old!
MF's first DVD is now available for order!
December 19, 2004
The biggest MF news since Stratospheric. MF's first DVD will be available on this website and on tour in January!
band (Big Bop Nouveau):
TROMBONE - REGGIE WATKINS (MUSIC DIRECTOR)
SAXOPHONE - DOUG STONE
PIANO - JI YOUNG LEE
TOUR MANAGER - ED
November 14, 2004
If you haven't heard already (it was revealed at Stratospheric), Maynard is no longer playing exclusively on a Holton. Beginning last month, he added a Monette Prana to the lineup. Here's a feature about Maynard's new horn, including a video clip of MF trying it out.
October 10, 2004
Wounded Bird Records has done it again. Another Maynard Ferguson CD re-issue. This time it's Ridin' High .
Current BBN members:
I got an email recently
September 17, 2004
The folks at Wounded Bird Records have once again come through with a Maynard Ferguson CD re-issue. In November, the album "Ridin' High" will be available on CD.
Just another reminder that the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies is running out of funding and could use the help of Maynard and jazz education fans everywhere! To donate, make a contribution to Rowan University, but (important) you MUST specificy that the funds are for the MF Institute of Jazz Studies in the memo of the check. These contributions are tax deductible.
July 17, 2004
Maynard Ferguson lead trumpeter Patrick Hession has just revamped his web site. You'll find a cleaner look and more information, including a place to order his book from!
Now I would like to ask you to dig into your wallets and pocketbooks and donate to 2 Maynard-related causes.
July 2, 2004
I have more details regarding 2 items that I briefly mentioned in my last update:
I have all of the details around the Maynard Ferguson tribute, "Stratospheric". I will be attending! If you can make it, make sure to say hello! Read all about it.
JazzPlayerRadio, the Maynard-inspired internet radio station has just become new and improved! Details here.
June 29, 2004
Maynard fans were give quite a treat this month, with FIVE re-issues! Hot, Hollywood, It's My Time, New Vintage, and Primal Scream have all hit CD for the first time! Read about it here.
Ken Poston is hosting an all-star tribute to Maynard from Sep 30 - Oct 3rd in Los Angeles. At first, the line-up was so outstanding that I took it to be a hoax. But it REALLY IS HAPPENING. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans. I don't want to post too many details here, because as I understand it, the line-up is not finalized yet. But you can see what's been discussed so far on this thread from the MF forum.
There will be some changes coming up with Jazz Player Radio, the Maynard-inspired internet radio station. Stay tuned...
June 7, 2004
Wounded Bird Records, the company that brought us "Carnival" on CD for the first time, is planning to release five of Maynard's Columbia albums on CD for the first time this month. No, they aren't the MF Horn Series (Sony seems to want to release those on their own), but they are rumored to be five of MF's most popular Columbia albums: Hot, New Vintage, It's My Time, Primal Scream, and Hollywood. I'll post another news item when these are ready for order.
April 24, 2004
Jake Sommers' MF-themed Internet radio station, called Jazz Player Radio, is officially up and running! This thing is a blast and is really taking off. Jake has already had over 1600 listeners, and he's provided some amazing content so far, including exclusive interviews with Maynard himself and former MF lead player (and current Harry Connick, Jr. lead player) Roger Ingram. If you haven't heard it yet, you are missing out. Visit Jazz Player Radio's official website for more details or to listen to the station.
While not technically Maynard news, trumpet player Jim Manley has a new CD out entitled "Alter Ego". I've been a Jim Manley fan since I was first introduced to his music about 8 years ago, and this new CD is my favorite Jim Manley CD yet. It's a throwback to a more groove-oriented period of jazz, and it's just great. It has a nice balance between screaming trumpet and straight-ahead jazz solos. I'd highly recommend heading over to Jim's site, listening to the sound clips, and ordering a copy.
April 9, 2004
Super MF fan and radio man Jake Sommers has started an MF internet radio station! Read all about it here!
March 10, 2004
Most current Big Bop Nouveau personell list for tour 67, which starts March 19:
February 15, 2004
Last month I mentioned
that Big Bop Nouveau lead player Patrick Hession's new trumpet book would
be ready for sale soon. Well, now is soon! You can purchase his new book
from his website. I will post more details about the book after I've had
time to look through it more closely, but at a glance it appears to consist
primarily of exercises designed to improve range to increase the reliability
of your chops. The book also pays props to the Boss in a section about
the importance of breathing. Patrick refers to MF as "breathing perfection".
You can purchase
the book here.
January 10, 2004
Here is the official personnel list for the current tour:
LEADER/TRUMPET - MAYNARD
TROMBONE - REGGIE WATKINS (Music Director)
SAXOPHONE - KRIS JENSEN
(filling in for Juan Turros, who will be back on 2/7)
PIANO - WILLIAM BONNESS
TOUR MANAGER - ED
Super accurate MF
lead player Patrick Hession will soon be releasing a book. Here is a sneak
of the cover (click on the image to see the full size version). Patrick's
website will soon be ready to accept orders for the book. I will make
sure to mention it again when it's ready for purchase.
December 14, 2003
Some of you may have seen this already, but here's a review of an MF show online.
November 7, 2003
Alan Baylock is a trumpet player from North Texas and a great jazz writer. He wrote "Blues From Around Here" that you all know from the "One More Trip to Birdland" album. Alan Baylock has just released his first solo CD. It's called "Two Seconds To Midnight" with the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. I haven't received my copy yet, but the sound clips on his web site are very impressive. The album also features MF alumnus Brian MacDonald (trumpet).
September 3, 2003
announced: On Friday, October 3rd, The Touhill Performing Arts Center
on the campus of the University of Missouri (in St. Louis) will host a
Tribute to Maynard Ferguson. The concert will open with a Maynard Ferguson
Tribute Band with alumni including Stan Mark, Denis DiBlasio, Chip McNeil,
Tom Garling, Carl Fischer and others. Arturo Sandoval and his band will
follow the Tribute Band.
MF alumni Carl Fischer
(trumpet) made an appearance on the USA Network on August 25 as part of
the US Tennis Open's opening ceremonies in Flushing, NY. This was brought
up as part of a thread on the Maynard Ferguson Tribute Page Forum. Soon
Carl himself posted and announced that he will be joining Big Bop Nouveau
as part of their tour starting on September 10th. He has also just finished
his record and his book, as well as a web site at www.fischmusic.com.
I'd say he's been busy!
I recently received
the following email from a long time friend of this website, Jerry Jelinik:
I wanted to see how much power the MF fan base you serve actually has. I recently got in contact with WXXI in Rochester NY. They are the Rochester public tv and radio stations. They produced a marvelous series of jazz concert performances in the 1970s called 'At the Top'. One featured MF in top form from 1975.
Currently WXXI has not seriously tried to get the updated rights to sell this series of tv shows. I'm hoping the MF fan base can make them change their mind.
If everyone would send an email/fax or snail mail to WXXI, it might be enough to convince them to update the rights and sell some of these shows on DVD.
Here is some contact info:
Every little bit would help,
I will be at the concert
at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa on September 22. If you are going
to be there, say hello!
June 12, 2003
Sony Records has remastered Conquistador and Chameleon for a July 1st release date! Many fans have complained that the CDs for these albums sounded flat compared to the LP...hopefully a remaster will produce the CDs the way they were meant to be heard.
April 23, 2003
After 25 years, Carnival has been reissued and is now available from Amazon!
Also newly available on Amazon, Arturo Sandoval's new CD "Trumpet Evolution," in which he pays tribute to his favorite trumpet players, including the "Mayn Man". To honor Maynard, he performs the song Maynard Ferguson.
I also recently picked up Paul Cacia's "The Symphony Album," which has some really phenomal trumpet playing on it. Some of the songs are a bit dates, but the arrangements are still fresh and the notes are very, very high. Maynard fans will love it.
We are getting really close to MF's birthday bash! Confirmed alumni performing on May 3rd include Stan Mark, Lin Biviano, Ernie Garside, Mark Colby, Chip McNeil, Dave Mancini, Alan Wise, Tom Garling, and Slide Hampton! There will also be appearances by Jon Faddis and Mark VanCleave.
I recently received an email from John Seery, a Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He has recently published a book titled America Goes to College: Political Theory for the Liberal Arts. Why would this be of interest to Maynard fans? Mr. Seery confessed to me that he has been a lifelong Maynard fan, and managed to include a vivid description of a Maynard Ferguson concert in this book (he tipped me off that fans can check pages 79-80). Thanks for spreading the MF gospel, John Seery!
March 27, 2003
February's rumor that Carnival would be reissued on CD is true! The CD is available now via a small label called Wounded Bird Records. It will be available in major outlets in late April. When it becomes available on Amazon, I will post the link.
February 22, 2003
Ryle's Jazz Club has announced more details regarding Maynard's birthday bash and special MF alumni concert! Visit their web site for details. Look for the section marked (A Trumpet Fan's Weekend to Remember)
The first set of Maynard's Blue Note show on Thursday, February 27th is going to be webcast live! I believe the show they will webcast starts at 8:00 Eastern time, or 7:00 here in Iowa. That's 5:00 PM on the west coast. Details here.
Larry Foyen, trumpeter is back on the band! Mike Jarosz has left the band.
Someone has posted a rumor in the MF forum that the Carnival album will be on CD in April. I have never heard this info, and can't verify it's validity. If I get confirmation, I will post more info. Obviously, this would be great news to MF fans, and I'm sure we would all buy a copy!
January 28, 2003
The latest Big Bop
Nouveau lineup includes new MF second trumpet Mike
Jarosz. Mike has a great website that has, among other things, some
interesting sound clips.