360. “Ooh, Maynard Ferguson playing a ballad there.”

The episode:Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” ep. 321

The riff: Noted in an impressed sort of way by Tom as the soundtrack suddenly spins out of control with crazy trumpets out of nowhere.

The explanation: Maynard Ferguson was a Canadian jazz trumpet player and bandleader who was noted for his ability to play accurately in extremely high registers. He was an adaptable musician who was able to find roles within popular music from 1940 all the way to the 2000s, changing with the times. Before his death in 2006, he was inducted into multiple halls of fame for musicians.

Novelty factor: Can’t say I’ve ever actually heard of the guy before, but he produced an absolutely ridiculous number of recordings in his career.


One thought on “360. “Ooh, Maynard Ferguson playing a ballad there.”

  1. Had the privilege of seeing/hearing him play at MU. He came on stage sporting a cast on his leg. A friend of mine who was stage manager at Kirkland said he had stumbled exiting his touring bus due to a bit too much to drink and/or smoke.

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