The Maynard Ferguson Discography: The 1970s

Ferguson's recordings of the 1970s firmly embraced the pop and rock fusion of the era, bringing him substantial notariety and controversy. Ferguson was also a avid participant in (and perfectly showy advocate for) the jazz education movement that flowered in the early 1970s. Perhaps the apex of this trajectory was a hit pop single in 1977 of the theme from the movie Rocky, which was aided not only by an infectious Jay Chattaway arrangement and production, but also by the timing of its release prior to the release of the actual soundtrack from the hit film. Columbia's subsequent attempts to turn Ferguson into a rock star met with decreasing success as the decade stumbled to a close, although he still packed many high school auditoria along the way.

Maynard Ferguson
February 1970: London, England

Sessions for the MF Horn album. MF embraces the rock idiom with a new British band.

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The World of Maynard Ferguson (television)
1970?: London, England?

British television program with some very groovy costumes, sets and video effects!

Maynard Ferguson
1971: New York City

Sessions for the Alive and Well in London album. Personnel is from Lee (pp 278) and duplicates MF Horn. Liner notes have no personnel listed.

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The Mike Douglas Show, Season 11, Episode 51 (television)
8 November 1971 (air date): Philadelphia, PA

First appearance on Douglas' daytime talk show. Uncertain personnel or repertoire.

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Maynard Ferguson
16 December 1971 - 25 January 1972: Lansdowne Studios, London

Sessions for the MF Horn II album

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La Prima Notte di Quiete / Indian Summer (film)
1972: Italy

Included in Harkins (pp 67a). US (dubbed) release titled Indian Summer. MF featured prominently in the music under the NSFW trailer.

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21 October 1972: Canadian Broadcasting System, Toronto, Ontario

Television performance as soloist with studio band

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Maynard Ferguson
28-29 November 1972, 11 December 1972, 9-10 January 1973, 15 January 1973: CBS Studios, London

Sessions for the MF Horn III album.

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Maynard Ferguson
March 1973: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

Poor quality bootleg concert recording

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Maynard Ferguson
10 July 1973: Jimmy Ryan's, New York, NY

Taped concert for an invited audience released as MF Horn IV and V. Commonly regarded as one of MF's best albums.

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Maynard Ferguson
1-4 April 1974: New York City

Sessions for the Chameleon album

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The Mike Douglas Show, Season 13, Episode 16 (television)
9 September 1974 (taping), 23 September 1974 (air date): Philadelphia, PA

Another appearance on Douglas' daytime talk show. Uncertain personnel.

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The Mark of Jazz with Sid Mark (television)
16 October 1974: Philadelphia, PA

Two shows recorded on the same morning

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At the Top, WXXI (television)
10 December 1975: Plaza Hotel, Rochester, NY

Public TV broadcast released on DVD in 2005

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Maynard Ferguson
20 December 1975: Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference, Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL

Poor quality audience recording at the end of the tour, which may explain the very brisk tempi. Lynn Nicholson's last show with the band

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Maynard Ferguson
5 July 1975: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Poor quality bootleg

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Maynard Ferguson
August - October 1975: New York City

Sessions for the Primal Scream album - the first of two complex studio constructions by Bob James.

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Maynard Ferguson
Unknown (1976?): Unknown location (Japan?)

Professional video recording of a performance on a very odd stage that looks like a theme park. Notable for a vigorous performance of Jay Chattaway's sprawling Tommy medley, which never got a studio recording.

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Maynard Ferguson
2 June 1976 (pre-recording), 1 August 1976 (ceremony): Hollywood, CA, 1976 Olympics, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Brief, solemn, solo appearance at closing ceremonies over a pre-recorded track

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Dinah! (Dinah Shore) (television)
23 June 1976 (taping), 30 August 1976 (air date): Television City, Hollywood, CA

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The Mike Douglas Show, Season 14, Episode 236 (television)
19 July 1976 (taping), 30 August 1976 (air date): Philadelphia, PA

Appearance on Douglas' daytime talk show. Uncertain personnel and repertoire.

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Maynard Ferguson
3-7 October 1976: Media Sound, New York; CBS Studios, San Fransisco, CA; Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, CA

Sessions for the Conquistador album. Joe Mosello listed with full name Guiseppe Loon P. Mosello

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The Mike Douglas Show, Season 15, Episode 142 (television)
23 March 1977 (air date): Philadelphia, PA

Appearance on Douglas' daytime talk show. Uncertain personnel.

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Maynard Ferguson
10 May 1977: Seneca College, Toronto, ON, Canada

TV Broadcast from the 5th Annual Canadian Stage Band Festival. Personnel uncertain and based on New Vintage Sessions

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Maynard Ferguson
5 - 11 July 1977: Media Sound, New York City; CBS Recording Studios, New York City

Sessions for the New Vintage album. A return to featuring the road band.

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The Mike Douglas Show, Season 16, Episode 3 (television)
12 July 1977 (taping), 7 September 1977 (air date): Philadelphia, PA

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Montreux Summit
24 July 1977: Montreux, Switzerland

All-star evening. Arrangers Bob James

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Dinah! (Dinah Shore) (television)
14 September 1977 (air date): Television City, Hollywood, CA

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Uncle Joe Shannon (film)
1978:

Film about a trumpet player who self destructs after the death of his wife and child but finds redemption when he befriends a crippled youngster. Low-budget production with weak box-office that is primarily notable for the presence of MF on the nice period soundtrack by Rocky composer Bill Conti.

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Big Band Bash (television)
18 Marcy 1978: Meadowbrook Inn, Pompton Road, Cedar Grove, New Jersey

Three hour WNET 13 public TV special featuring a number of different jazz performers and groups. Personnel uncertain and based on the Carnival sessions of a few months later.

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Maynard Ferguson
June and July 1978: Mediasound, New York City and CBS 30th Street Studio, New York City

Sessions for the Carnival album.

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The Mike Douglas Show, Season 16, Episode 186 (television)
15 June 1978 (air date): Philadelphia, PA

Jerry Lewis co-hosts this musically star-studded episode. MF and Lewis had been cordial back in the 1950s when they were both working in Hollywood (see Lee's bio pp 46-47), but the reunion with Lewis faking it on trumpet is a bit painful to watch unless you're a big Jerry Lewis fan.

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Maynard Ferguson
April and May 1979: Media Sound, New York City; Wally Heider, Los Angeles, CA; A&M, Los Angeles, CA

Sessions for the Hot album. If you did not like disco, you will not like this album, and negative reviews for this album out on the web reflect the curious persistence of tribal anti-disco backlash long after disco retreated into the more-welcoming confines of it's dance-hall roots. But, as with the ELO Discovery album of the same year, the reputation contradicts the fact that only three of the seven cuts could really be considered disco: Rocky II, the remix of Star Trek and the Topa-Topa Woman (star-crossed daughter of Carnival's How Ya' Doin' Baby). Both Dayride and Om Sai Ram reflect the creative hybridity of the fusion era that would be lost in the subsequent reactionary regression of jazz into elitist neoclassicism. Even purists should find some worth in the lovely string arrangement of Naima. The bulk of the playing on this album was done by MF's working band, making it a better snapshot of the talent in MF's bands than extravagant studio-musician constructions that dominated the second half of his Columbia output.

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The Forum Presents (television)
20 June 1979: Toronto, Canada?

Video labeled "Global Television Network Cable 3." Date comes from MF's mention that is is the "last day of spring." Although released in 1980, the presence of Gabriel from the Hot album as well as MF's leisure suit hints the concert occurred in 1979. Concert includes guest soloists Herbie Mann and Sarah Vaughan.

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Maynard Ferguson
18 August 1979: 1979 Drum Corps International Championships, Birmingham, AL

MF as a somewhat out-of-place sidelines commentator

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The Mike Douglas Show, Season 18, Episode 30 (television)
12 October 1979 (air date): Las Vegas, NV

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