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TRUMPET LEGEND MAYNARD
FERGUSON TO PLAY AT COLUMBIA FEB. 12
HAMMOND -- Legendary trumpeter
Maynard Ferguson will bring his “Big Bop Nouveau Band” to Southeastern
Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Feb.
12 for a concert sponsored by the university’s Delta Chapter of Phi Mu
The 7:30 p.m. concert is part
of the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts’ annual spring
music series, “Encore!” Tickets – $20 general admission – are available
online via paypal.com at www.geocities.com/selupma
or by mail (check or money orders) to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, 2501 Oriole
St., Slidell, La 70460, said the organization’s president, Chuck Arnold.
Arnold said that online ordering
will not be available after Feb. 6. Tickets ordered by mail after that
date can be picked up at the Columbia Theatre’s box office, 220 E. Thomas
St., on the day of the concert.
Arnold, a trumpeter who played
with Maynard’s band in 2001, said doors will open at the Columbia at 6:30
p.m. The concert will open with music by the university’s Trumpet Ensemble,
directed by music professor Brian DePoy.
Ferguson first soloed with the
Stan Kenton Orchestra when he was still a teen, and has been going strong
ever since. Known as one of the world's greatest "scream" trumpeters, he
is also at home in the pop world. His recording of "Gonna Fly Now" became
the theme for the film “Rocky” and his album "Conquistador" was nominated
for a Grammy. His Big Bop Nouveau Band has been called "arguably the premier
jazz big band on the road today.”
While many other bands recreate
music of bygone eras, Ferguson and company draw upon bebop, straight-ahead
jazz, funk, swing, classical and contemporary music to create a fresh sound
within the classic big band form.
A native of Montreal, Canada,
Ferguson began his four-decade career as a youthful music prodigy on several
instruments, including piano. By his early teens, he had devoted himself
to the trumpet and was already the leader of his own band, which opened
for many of the great big bands of the 1940s on their Canadian tours. Moving
to the United States in 1949, he toured with Boyd Rayburn, Jimmy Dorsey
and Charlie Barnett, before undertaking his famous stint with the Stan
Kenton Orchestra as the featured "high-note" specialist.
Ferguson's amazing ability to
hit the notes in the trumpet's highest register brought him immediate fame.
Before his appearance, trumpet players only used the upper register to
make squeaks and squawks to amuse the audience. Ferguson stunned the world
by playing actual melodic lines, smooth glissandos and thrillingly precise
runs in what had previously been considered an unreachable stratosphere.
In a trumpet section that included
many of the greats, including Doc Severson of “Tonight Show” fame, Ferguson
was the brightest star - and was acclaimed as the only trumpet player in
the world to be able to hit a double-C on the instrument - still a feat
considered the mark of excellence in the horn world.
Throughout the years, the busy
musician has found time to invent several variations of the trumpet, and
also developed improvements in design. While still maintaining his presence
in the jazz world as one of the few remaining jazz greats still touring,
he also has performed classical music, recorded film scores, experimented
with funk, and had several cross-over hits on the pop charts.
The 1980s found Ferguson fronted
the fusion-funk band High Voltage, which recorded two albums. He then came
full circle in the late 1980s with the formation of his little big band
- Big Bop Nouveau. With a heavy on-the-road concert itinerary, Ferguson
shows no sign of slowing down, touring eight months a year with performances
at festivals, concert halls, jazz clubs and universities around the globe.
For additional information on
the concert, contact Arnold at 985-549-5453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.