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Maynard Ferguson

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Walter Maynard Ferguson
Born May 4, 1928
Verdun, Quebec, Canada
Died August 23, 2006 (aged 78)
Ventura, California, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupations Bandleader, trumpeter
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn, firebird, trombone, valve trombone, superbone, baritone horn, French horn, soprano saxophone
Years active 1939–2006
Associated acts Big Bop Nouveau, Stan Kenton Orchestra
Website maynardferguson.com
Notable instruments
Superbone, Firebird
External video
Oral History, Maynard Ferguson recalls his first job at Paramount playing trumpet for the movie, Rear Window.” Interview date March 7, 2006, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library
Walter Maynard Ferguson (May 4, 1928 – August 23, 2006) was a Canadian jazz musician and bandleader. He came to prominence playing in Stan Kenton’s orchestra before forming his own band in 1957. He was noted for his bands, which often served as stepping stones for up-and-coming talent,[1] and his ability to play expressively and accurately in a remarkably high register.

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Cab Calloway

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Birth name Cabell Calloway III
Born December 25, 1907
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Died November 18, 1994 (aged 86)
Hockessin, Delaware, U.S.
Genres Jazz, blues, swing
Occupations Bandleader, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1930–94
Associated acts The Cab Calloway Orchestra
Website www.cabcalloway.com
Cabell “Cab” Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer.

Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the United States’ most popular big bands from the start of the 1930s to the late 1940s. Calloway’s band featured performers including trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Adolphus “Doc” Cheatham, saxophonists Ben Webster and Leon “Chu” Berry, New Orleans guitar ace Danny Barker, and bassist Milt Hinton. Calloway continued to perform until his death in 1994 at the age of 86.

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