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February 07, 2012


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Bill Kirchner

My old friend and colleague Mike Abene is one of the undersung great arrangers. His chart on Benny Golson's "Whisper Not" that you mentioned is a classic. (He joined Maynard's band while still in his teens, and for several years he wrote some of the band's best charts.)

Mike is currently musical director of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany.


Yes, the Mighty Maynard! Nothing beat the anticipation and excitement of Maynard coming to town in the '70s and '80s. I just wish I'sd been there in the '50s and '60s, too!

Looking forward to your interview with RVG next week...

Richard Salvucci

Sid used "Maynard Ferguson" on what was then WHAT-FM in Philly as a sometime theme in the early 1960s. I'm sure a lot of kid trumpet players got a nice cut trying to do what he did. My teacher was very displeased....square.

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