He is a family man, married since to his wife, Flo, and quick to speak proudly of his son and four daughters. In the spring of Ferguson released the Big Bop Nouveau album, a combination of studio recordings and live takes from his 60th Birthday Band Tour. The Nouveau Band avoids overly-synthesized sounds, and focuses on hard-edged, straight-ahead be-bop jazz music — the sound that established Ferguson in the late s and early s. As a young man in the s Ferguson set the jazz world aflame with his innovative Birdland Dreamband.
Four decades later — after much broadening and experimentation — he has come full-circle back to his role as legendary, premier big-band leader. Over his lifetime career in music, Ferguson has displayed many peaks and valleys, often straying far from his roots; as a result, his sound is much richer, as are his devoted followers.
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About this article Ferguson, Maynard Updated About encyclopedia. Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Hawkins, Erskine Ramsay. Herman, Woody Although trumpet was his primary instrument, he also performed on other brass and reed instruments.
He took over the dance band formed by his saxophonist brother Percy, playing dates in the Montreal area and serving as an opening act for touring bands from Canada and the U.
During this period, he came to the attention of American bandleaders and began receiving offers to go to the U. The recording enraged Kern's widow and was withdrawn from sale. In January , Kenton formed the Innovations Orchestra, a piece jazz orchestra with strings. After the folding of the Barnet band, Ferguson was available for the first rehearsal on January 1.
One of the Orchestra's recordings was named "Maynard Ferguson," one of a series of pieces named after featured soloists. When Kenton returned to a more practical piece jazz band, Ferguson continued with him at third chair with numerous solo features. In , Ferguson left Kenton and spent the next three years a session musician for Paramount Pictures.
He also played on several other non-Paramount film soundtracks, usually those with jazz scores. This was sometimes circumvented by appearing under aliases such as "Tiger Brown" or "Foxy Corby". Although he enjoyed the steady income, he was unhappy with the lack of live performance opportunities and left Paramount in Although the name "Birdland Dream Band" was short-lived and is represented by only two albums over the course of a year, this band became the core of Ferguson's performing band for the next nine years.
In , Ferguson composed the theme music for the — ABC adventure drama television series Straightaway. His album "Straightaway" Jazz Themes contained the music he composed for the series. As big bands declined in popularity and economic viability in the s, Ferguson's band performed less frequently.
He began to feel musically stifled and sensed a resistance to change among his American jazz audiences. According to an interview in Down Beat , he was quoted as saying that if the band did not play "Maria" or "Ole," the fans went home disappointed.
He began performing with a sextet before shutting down his big band in After leaving his long-time recording contract and the end of his main club gig, Ferguson moved his family to the Hitchcock Estate in Millbrook, New York in November to live with Timothy Leary , Ram Dass , and their community from Harvard University. He and his wife Flo used LSD, psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs. They lived at Millbrook for about three years, playing clubs and recording several albums.
In , as the Millbrook experiment was ending, Ferguson moved his family to India and taught at the Krishnamurti -based Rishi Valley School near Madras. While in India, he was influenced by Sathya Sai Baba , whom he considered as his spiritual guru. As a Canadian in England, Ferguson avoided the union's ban on American musicians. He had two houses while he was in the UK, the final one a three-story house by the River Thames.
He started a sixteen- to eighteen-piece big band with British musicians playing jazz rock. Ferguson's band made its North American debut in Ferguson moved to New York City in , then relocated to Ojai, California less than two years later.
He replaced the British band members with American musicians while reducing membership  to twelve: four trumpets, two trombones, three saxophones, and a three-piece rhythm section. Albums from this period include M. Ferguson took advantage of the burgeoning jazz education movement by hiring musicians from colleges with jazz programs, such as Berklee College of Music , North Texas State University and the University of Miami.
He performed for young audiences and gave master classes in colleges and high schools. This strategy helped him develop an audience that sustained him for the rest of his career.
In , Ferguson began working with Bob James on a series of commercially successful albums with large groups of session musicians , including strings, vocalists, and guest soloists.
The second, Conquistador yielded a No. He maintained a hectic touring schedule. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Without a doubt, the negatives are neatly highlighted via the first three tracks on Conquistador. Faring even worse are the largely unnecessary, disco-fied Theme from "Star Trek" — yes, it really did get this silly in — and the tedious lounge jazz of Mister Mellow , which would sound far better without the dated female vocal accompaniment.
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