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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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Carl Fischer: Maynard Ferguson Spirit Medley

Read "Maynard Ferguson Spirit Medley" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With respect to Charlie Parker, it is an inarguable fact that trumpet great Maynard Ferguson, who passed away on August 23, 2006, inspired more trumpet players across all musical genres than any other modern instrumentalist. One of those players who spent significant time as an outstanding featured performer with and acolyte of Ferguson is Carl Fischer. ...


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Take Five with Tobin Mueller

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Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...

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Keith Fiala


Keith Fiala is one of the most exciting, innovative and versatile trumpet players and educators/clinicians on the music scene today. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Fiala moved to Austin, Texas in 1988 to study with Raymond Crisara at the University of Texas and lived in Austin until 2017 when he was asked to assist Arturo Sandoval on his tours as his road manager, become his practice partner and have the chance to start building a solo career under the guidance of one of the greatest trumpet players / musicians that has ever lived! A First Call trumpeter while living in Austin and throughout the Lone Star State, Keith was also a founding member of and performer with the celebrated R&B group , Memphis Train Revue for over 22 years and has toured the world performing with his mentor, the legendary Maynard Ferguson. A dedicated educator and clinician, Fiala taught at the prestigious Austin School of Music and held the position of Adjunct Trumpet Professor at Temple College, where he also performed as Lead Trumpet in the Temple Jazz Orchestra and featured soloist for the Temple Fusion group for over 10 years. He is the author of the celebrated trumpet diagnostic methodology, “About Face.” Fiala has also shared stage with jazz greats Arturo Sandoval, Gordon Goodwin, Randy Brecker, The Temptations, Brian Lynch, Allen Vizzutti, Bill Watrous and many others. Fiala is an Austin Winds endorsed trumpet artist.


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Richie Cole & Danilo Pérez

Read "Richie Cole & Danilo Pérez" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We celebrate our 750th Episode of Neon Jazz with master pianist & humanitarian Danilo Perez. Following that, we hear from his mentor Dizzy Gillespie. As the show moves one, we listen to some great new music from jazz veterans in Jorge Garcia, Mark Buselli with the Ball State University Jazz Band, Brent Laidler and Kevin G ...


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Singers: Fay Victor, Anita O'Day, Kurt Elling and More

Read "Singers:  Fay Victor, Anita O'Day, Kurt Elling and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features vocalists as both band leaders and featured performers with other musicians. In the first category, there are Fay Victor and Anita O'Day among others. In the second, we have Kurt Elling with the Charlie Hunter Quartet and Becca Stevens with Ambrose Akinmusire plus several more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...


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Take Five with Emilio Palame

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Meet Emilio Palame Emilio Palame is a seasoned jazz pianist, composer/arranger, producer/director and actor residing in jny: Los Angeles. Instruments: Piano, composer/arranger Teachers and/or influences? Self taught at first then studied with jny: Buffalo, NY's premier jazz piano teacher Russ Messina—went on to SUNY Fredonia where I ran the Jazz Ensemble program ...


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Meet Trumpeter Anthony Hervey

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Anthony Hervey was in the sixth grade when he discovered jazz. “My mother encouraged me to play trumpet because my grandfather played trumpet," he said. “I was very reluctant to do so, but she convinced me to do it and said I could quit after a ...


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Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark and Sonny Rollins

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We start the 739th Episode of Neon Jazz with a collection of classics from Miles Davis (and Birth of the Cool) followed by Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins. Enjoy this wonderful hour of jazz in honor of Valentine's Day! Playlist Miles Davis “Venus De Milo" Birth of the Cool (Capitol Records) 00:00 ...


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Brad Felt: The Dana Sessions

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Although jazz music continuously evolves, many of its performers stick to a fairly traditional set of instruments. There are plenty of recordings featuring saxophones, trumpets, pianos, or guitars, but how often do you see a jazz record featuring a euphonium? Brad Felt's The Dana Sessions: Duets With John Dana, showcases the possibilities of this often overlooked ...


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