Jazz Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson Dies

Jazz Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson Dies

There are 20 comments on the The Associated Press story from Aug 24, 2006, titled Jazz Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson Dies . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

Jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, known for his soaring high notes and for his hit recording of 'Gonna Fly Now,' which lent the musical muscle to the 'Rocky' movies, has died.

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Darryl Loy

Addison, TX

#1 Aug 24, 2006
Truly a legend...I've had the opportunity to see him many times...I would agree that it is the end of an era in the world of music...he will be sadly missed by many...
Stone

United States

#2 Aug 24, 2006
I can't belive hes gone... he was a BIG influence...
Vee

AOL

#3 Aug 24, 2006
Blow, Gabriel, Blow. Make sure you have the biggest jam session ever and make sure you have Louie Belson and Buddy Rich on percussion. Get Basie to join in with Take The A Train and tell Ella to step up to the plate and start cooking.
Mark

Sacramento, CA

#4 Aug 24, 2006
I have several albums, one of which includes "Ole". Some of the highest notes I've ever heard played on a trumpet.
Peter Langeman

Nanaimo, Canada

#5 Aug 24, 2006
The perfect, Maynard Ferguson; Order of Canada, was this country's and any other's greatest trumpet player. But he will always be remembered as a tireless, clinician, technician and educator of jazz.

Always willing to place the splotlilght on new musicains, he represented what we should all strive for,'do unto others.'

The trumpet and music community mourne his passing. Our most heartfelt wishes to his family.

Kindest Regards,,

Peter Langeman
Peter Langeman

Nanaimo, Canada

#6 Aug 25, 2006
Darryl Loy wrote:
Truly a legend...I've had the opportunity to see him many times...I would agree that it is the end of an era in the world of music...he will be sadly missed by many...
As I listen, I remember. How unique....

Kindest Regards,

Peter Langeman
Peter Langeman

Nanaimo, Canada

#7 Aug 25, 2006
Vee wrote:
Blow, Gabriel, Blow. Make sure you have the biggest jam session ever and make sure you have Louie Belson and Buddy Rich on percussion. Get Basie to join in with Take The A Train and tell Ella to step up to the plate and start cooking.
Canada's greatest export..... How true his music reflected his life - do unto others.
Peter Langeman

Nanaimo, Canada

#8 Aug 25, 2006
Stone wrote:
I can't belive hes gone... he was a BIG influence...
I share your thoughts and feelings.. miss him and mourne his passing.

Kindest regards,

Peter Langeman
Keith

Oak Harbor, WA

#9 Aug 25, 2006
I First heard Maynard at a "Jazz Day" performance at Grand Valley State University in Michigan in 1975. He was sincerely interested in educating young musicians about the incredible art form of JAZZ. My favorite cut was "Give It One" from his Maynard Ferguson II album. He and Stan Kenton turned me on to the world of jazz, and ever since have delved into all it's various forms. He will be missed.
Paul Wright

India

#10 Aug 25, 2006
One of the biggest influences on my playing. What's the betting that the big man upstairs has shown him to the lead trumpet chair in his band!
I remember first hearing him as a 12 year old, the rocky disco version and thinking - what the hell is that!!!?!

God bless you Maynard. Thank you.

Paul Wright
England
Wayne Willis

AOL

#11 Aug 25, 2006
He was one of a kind. He spent some time in Alabama with his good friend Rip Reagan. Rip is one of the fine music educators in Alabama. I have some of the Kenton recordings that he was on and he made the differance in the trumpet section and the way the band cooked.He will truly be missed.
Daniel Cronk

Portage, MI

#12 Aug 25, 2006
The music was one thing, but his humanity was another. There are so few real "good people" on the planet - and it is clear Maynard was one of them. Time to listen to a few cuts and remember all the wonderful concerts and the joy in being alive that poured from the man.
Mark Castelli wi

AOL

#13 Aug 25, 2006
Maynard was the reason my family loved music...I've played the trumpet for 35 years thanks to him.(my mom sent me outside because I whistled as loud and high as he played) Maynard-Thanks/Thanks/Thanks
Michael Montaus

AOL

#14 Aug 25, 2006
The master, there will never be another!
Frank

Apo, AE

#15 Aug 27, 2006
I went to see Maynard Ferguson last summer. He's been my idol since I was 15 years old. He and his Big Bop Nuevo band was playing a small jazz club called Ronnie Scott's in the Soho district of London. I've seen Maynard perforn in high school and college auditoriums and I've also seen him perform in huge concert halls, but I've never seen him a small jazz club. This club held 200 people max and the mat idée seated me right up against the stage. You would not believe how close I was. How close was I?

I was so close, I had to bob an weave like a prize fighter to keep from being knocked out by a trombone slide.
I was so close, the trumpet section was emptying their spit valves in my Guinness.
I was so close, Maynard was resting his gut on the edge of my table.

I was really close and felt like I was actually part of the band. I could have reached out and touched Maynard if I wanted to be hauled off by security. I bet every trumpet and flugelhorn player in London was in the club that night. You can always tell horn players. They just can't keep from fluttering their fingers during trumpet solos. Well, at least I can't. So... Maynard's getting old. He's 77 and still wailing - He's huge too. How big is he?

Maynard Ferguson is so big... Let's not go there. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Anyway... I knew he was getting up there in years and wouldn't be around much longer. So when I heard he was playing in London... I just had to see him. I flew in from Germany, had dinner at Lee Ho Fook (Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London) and walked up the street to the club. Maynard entered through the front door with the band in tow... I'm telling you - I didn't think he was going to make it up the stairs. When he took the stage - He had a hard time getting up the single step to the stage. When he stepped into the spot light, wearing a flowered Hawian shirt, you could see his right hand in a carpal tunnel brace. I was thinking to myself, "Is this going to be any good? Did I just waste a bunch of money?" He put that all to rest when Maynard raised that soft-finish brass horn to his lips, set his jaw back into his shoulders and let into his first altissimo riff... Man! He can still wail like no one else ever could.

The band was tight too --- A lot of young talent. The trombone, drum, bari-sax, and piano players were simply phenomenal. They played all my favorites plus a couple of new ones. Maynard let the young Turks handle the heavy trumpet solos in McArthur Park and the Theme From Rocky, but Maynard's presence and energy was as if I were watching him for the first time in the auditorium at Mission Bay High School in California. When Maynard played it was clear that he was the man - the showman. When it was over, the band came out into the audience. In fact... I had the best conversation standing next to lead trumpet at the urinals. I even met the man, "Maynard" himself. Damn - No cameras allowed and I couldn't get him to sign my bootleg copy of Live at Jimmy's. I left the club at 2 AM covered with goose bumps. Truly an amazing experience. I think he makes the same trip to London every August - Check out http://maynard.ferguson.net/ for play dates if you're interested. He also recorded at Ronnie Scott's awhile back. The album is called "Live From London"... Besides "Live at Jimmy's", perhaps one of his best.

I'll miss him so much.
Lou Spagnola

Warminster, PA

#16 Aug 28, 2006
There will never be another "Boss". Maynard Ferguson influenced more musicians than we will ever know. As a trumpet player and a music educator, I will always be indebted to him. This is a dark time for music. God Bless Maynard Ferguson, and Move Over, Gabriel! Lou Spagnola
Luis

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#17 Aug 29, 2006
Stone wrote:
I can't belive hes gone... he was a BIG influence...
well is sad but all we got from him is all the good thing that we learn from him as trompet player's. so let's keep him in our heart. Luis from boston.
cym

Cookeville, TN

#18 Sep 3, 2006
I was saddened when I heard of his passing. He was not only a great musician but a real gentleman and a great international ambassador for Canada.
dave

Aberdeen, UK

#19 Sep 3, 2006
great musician
Leka Negri

Tirana, Albania

#20 Sep 16, 2006
I like very much Music
I play music trumpet.

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