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Saturday, September 30, 2006

R.I.P Maynard

On a more solemn note, I regret that I was unable to post a report on the day when trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson died. I'm sure everyone must know by now but the legendary trumpeter died on the evening of the 23rd of August 2006 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California. He was 78 years old, and doctors say his death was the result of kidney and liver failure brought on by an infection.

Maynard will be remember best for his incredible range and endurance which allowed him to stamp his mark on the world of trumpet playing for over half a century. Personally, I especially like his version of Maria from Bernstein West Side Story, because it demonstrates not only the power that that made Maynard famous thoughout the world, but also a degree of subtle musicality, that is not always so obvious in some of his other, more brash work.

Maynard will be thoroughly missed by all. For anyone wishing to know more about evens and memorials...etc, please go to - http://www.maynardferguson.com/

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