*This collection of stories is a small peek into the life of Maynard Ferguson. His career spanned so many decades and music genres that even a glimpse takes more than ten pages. Mostly taken from the book MF Horn written by Bill Lee and edited together by Wilder Ferguson-Jacob
Maynard Ferguson’s musicians have encompassed the “Who’s Who” among musicians in the second half of the twentieth century. A greatly modified list would include
Arrangers-Composers; Mike Abene, Manny Albam, Bob Brookmeyer, Jaki Byard, Al Cohn, Chick Corea, Denis DiBlasio, Tom Garling, Herb Geller, Slide Hampton, Bill Holman, Bob James, Willie Maiden, Johnny Mandel, Chip McNeill, Marty Paich, Don Rader, Shorty Rogers, Ernie Wilkins;
Vocalists: Patti Austin, Kay Brown, Chris Conner, Irene Kral, Annie Marie Moss, Matt Wallace;
Saxophonists: Pepper Adams, Al Cohn, Mark Colby, Denis DiBlasio, Jimmy Ford, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Gordon, Carmen Leggio, Joe Maini, Rick Margitza, Charlie Mariano, Chip McNeill, Don Menza, Lanny Morgan, Art Pepper, David Sanborn, Wayne Shorter, Lew Tabackin, Matt Wallace;
Trumpets: Bill Berry, Randy Brecker, Joe Burnett, Conte Candoli, Bill Chase, Buddy Childers, Don Ellis, Rolf Ericson, Bemie Glow, Ray Linn, Stan Mark, Marky Markowitz, Dennis Noday, Al Porcino, Don Rader. Shorty Rogers, Ernie Royal, Bobby Shew, Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm;
Trombones: Wayne Andre, Milt Bernhart, Eddie Bert, Bobby Brookmeyer, Bob Burgess, Billy Byers, Jimmy Cleveland, Don Doane, Tom Garling, Urbie Green, Slide Hampton, Rob McConnell, Don Sebesky, Bill Watrous;
Guitar: George Benson, Larry Coryell, Eric Gale, Barney Kessel, Steve Khan, Jeff Mirenov, Lee Ritenour;
Veena: Vemu Makunda;
Piano/Keyboards: Mike Abene, Ian Bernard, John Bunch, Jaki Byard, Chick Corea, George Duke, Russ Freeman, Lorraine Geller, Christian Jacob, Bob James, Hank Jones, Roger Kellaway, Bobby Timmons, Claude Williamson, Joe Zawinul;
Bass: Don Bagley, Ray Brown, Red Callendar, Stanley Clarke, Curtis Counce, Richard Davis, Eddie Gomez, Milt Hinton, Red Kelly, Will Lee, Ron McClure, Red Mitchell;
Drums: Larry Bunker, Jimmy Campbell, Peter Erskine, Chuck Flores, Steve Gadd, Jake Hanna, Rufus Jones, Don Lamond, Shelly Manne, Max Roach, Tony Williams.
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