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Maynard Ferguson, RIP

There were few sounds that could go higher (or, rather, that could be heard by humans) than the soaring notes played by Maynard Ferguson in one of his classic trumpet solos. And the Ferguson Big Band, exploring jazz and fusion, could easily act as a demolition crew, anytime it exhibited its characteristic vigor (I reference two Ferguson recordings here and here).

I learned early this morning that Maynard Ferguson passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at the age of 78.

He'll be missed.

Comments welcome.


This is sad news. Maynard Ferguson was a biannual performer at Croce's (a nightclub owned by Jim Croce's widow Ingred) in San Diego. Now I'm sorry I never attended one of his performances there.