Maynard Ferguson

Inducted in 1997

Most musicians can only dream of having a long and respected career like that of late jazz great Maynard Ferguson.

His talent on the trumpet (among many other instruments) kept him consistently gigging across North America and Europe for six decades between his professional debut in the 1950s and his death in 2006. It also found the musician – dubbed “King of the High C” for his prowess playing expressively in a high register – squaring off against the brightest lights on the contemporary jazz circuit and beyond.

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Successfully transitioned from Big Band era to modern jazz and rock.