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Maynard Ferguson

Walter “Maynard” Ferguson was a Canadian-born jazz trumpet player and bandleader. He came to prominence playing in Stan Kenton's orchestra, before forming his own band in 1957. He was noted for being able to play accurately in a remarkably high register, and for his bands, which served as stepping stones for up-and-coming talent.

Early life and education
Ferguson was born in Verdun, Quebec (now part of Montreal). Encouraged by his mother and father (both musicians), Maynard was playing piano and violin by the age of four. At nine years old, he heard a cornet for the first time in his local church and asked his parents to purchase him one. At age 13, Ferguson first soloed as a child prodigy with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Orchestra and was heard frequently on the CBC, notably featured on a Serenade for Trumpet in Jazz written for him by Morris Davis. Ferguson won a scholarship to the French Conservatory of Music where he studied from 1943 through 1948 with Bernard Baker.

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Albums

The Lost Tapes Volume Two
The Lost Tapes Volume...
Intima
2008
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The Lost Tapes Volume One
The Lost Tapes Volume...
Intima
2007
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MF Horn VI: Live at Ronnie's
MF Horn VI: Live at...
MF Music
2007
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The One and Only Maynard Ferguson
The One and Only...
Maynard Ferguson Music
2007
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On A High Note
On A High Note
Concord Music Group
2007
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Dancing Sessions
Dancing Sessions
Jazz Beat
2007
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