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Four Maynard Ferguson Videos


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What would the holidays be without brass. Here are a bunch of recently posted YouTube clips of Maynard Ferguson in action, including Christmas for Moderns, an Ed Sullivan Show performance in 1960 and a full album uninterrupted by ads [photo above of Maynard Ferguson and Rufus Jones on drums]:

Here's the famed 1960 Maynard Ferguson Big Band on The Ed Sullivan Show in August 1960 playing Don Sebesky's composition and arrangement of Humbug, with Ferguson playing multiple instruments, Chet Ferretti on lead trumpet in the horn section, Jaki Byard on piano, and Willie Maiden on tenor saxophone...

Here's Willie Maiden's arrangement of the band's Christmas for Moderns medley live in Riverdale, Ill., in 1976...

Here's Ferguson's funky big band at Corona High School in March 1973...

And here's Ferguson's entire Newport Suite album recorded in 1960, wtih Maynard Ferguson (tp,v-tb); Don Ellis, Chet Ferretti and Rick Kiefer (tp); Mike Zagatini and Charles Greenlee (tb); Jimmy Ford (as); Joe Farrell and Willie Maiden (ts); Frank Hittner (bar); Jaki Byard (p); Aubrey Tosin (b) and Stu Martin (d)...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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