The Maynard Ferguson Discography: The 1940s

Ferguson led a number of bands as a teenager in Canada, although those bands made no commercial recordings and no transcriptions of CBC remote broadcasts, if they exist at all, have ever been released. Stan Kenton saw him in Montreal in late 1947 and made him an offer to join his band if he ever came to the US (Lee 1997, 19). Ferguson finally made the move in in 1948, only to discover that Kenton was on hiatus for the year. Ferguson ended up joining Boyd Raeburn's progressive (but unsuccessful) band and then Jimmy Dorsey's organization, although the only recordings from that period are a handful of radio transcriptions with the Dorsey band. In 1949, Ferguson joined a number of other unemployed Kenton sidemen in Charlie Barnet's bop-influenced band, which made Ferguson's first commercial recordings. Among that set was a wild feature arrangement for Ferguson of Jerome Kern's All the Things You Are that was suppressed by Kern's estate.

Jimmy Dorsey
February through May, 1949: Cafe Rouge, Hotel Staler, New York, NY

Radio broadcast transcriptions. Formative Years CD lists Diz and Body as 28 March. Harkins (1976, 4) lists other songs, but gives date range of February through May, so dates and location are uncertain. Claire Hogan is vocalist on some cuts.

Personnel

Charlie Barnet
16 March 1949: New York, NY

Harkins (1976, 4) lists Ferguson in the section but Pierre-Marie does not.

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Charlie Barnet
16 March 1949: New York, NY

Harkins (1976, 4) lists Ferguson in the section but Pierre-Marie does not.

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Personnel

Charlie Barnet
2-3 April 1949: New York, NY

(Harkins 1976, 4)

Personnel

Charlie Barnet
Sometime in 1949: New York, NY

Uncertain personnel (Harkins 1976, 4)

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Charlie Barnet
22 June 1949: Atlantic City, NJ

Radio broadcast (Harkins 1976, 5)

Personnel

Charlie Barnet
29 June 1949: Balboa Beach (CA?)

Radio broadcast (Harkins 1976, 5)

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Charlie Barnet
30 June 1949: Balboa Beach (CA?)

Radio broadcast (Harkins 1976, 5)

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Charlie Barnet
August 1949: Hollywood, CA

Uncertain date and personnel

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Charlie Barnet
August 1949: Balboa Beach (CA?)

Uncertain date and personnel

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Charlie Barnet
16 August 1949: Hollywood, CA

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Charlie Barnet
October 1949: New York, NY

Uncertain date and personnel

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