Maynard Ferguson

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Verdun, Québec, Canada
Already a band leader in his native land by his early teenage years, trumpeter Ferguson played in the bands of Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey and Charlie Barnet in the 40s. His breakthrough into public consciousness came in 1950 when he joined Stan Kenton, electrifying audiences with his high-note playing. Unlike many other high-note trumpeters, Ferguson proved that it was possible to actually play music up there rather than simply make noises. However, it is possible that not all his fans appreciated the skills he was demonstrating. Read more...


Character: Trumpet Player in Dance Scene

The Proud and Profane 1956

Character: Himself

The Arsenio Hall Show 1989