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Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival 2016
The M.F. All-Star Band, is comprised primarily of Maynard Ferguson band alumni Wayne Bergeron, Frank Greene, Steve Wiest, Dennis DiBlasio and Stockton Helbing, all of whom performed live and recorded with Ferguson. As such, this is a true “tribute band” in that they plan to reunite – this one night only – to celebrate the music of their former bandleader. Ferguson, known for hitting the soaring high notes on his trumpet, was named winner of “trumpeter of the year” three times by Down Beat magazine. He reached rare mainstream success with his cover of the theme from Rocky, “Gonna Fly Now” in 1978, a tune that hit gold and earned him a Grammy nomination.
Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency and with support from the Regional Arts Commission.