April 8, 2013 |
Curtis E. Yeske packed a lot into 79 years, making and remaking himself as a reporter, jazz columnist, college public-relations man, musician, scuba operator, furniture refinisher. His stories would have filled an ample memoir - had he not been so busy writing about everything and everyone else. Over the last 20 years, the byline "Curt Yeske" was a fixture in the Times of Trenton and, later, the Bucks County Herald. He was as likely to discourse on trumpet great Maynard Ferguson as to chronicle a town's war on barking dogs or find an improbably new angle on Washington crossing the Delaware.
February 3, 2000 |
Rowan University will celebrate its new Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies with a performance by the jazz musician and his Big Bop Nouveau Band at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the university's Pfleeger Concert Hall. The Montreal native will receive an honorary doctorate of music degree, his first, from the university at the concert, which is cosponsored by the university's department of music and the Glassboro Center for the Arts. Joining Ferguson in the first portion of the program will be the Rowan Lab Band, under the direction of Denis DiBlasio, a jazz teacher at the school who proposed the institute.
September 12, 1999 |
Rowan University now has a jazzy reputation. On Wednesday, the Board of Trustees named the school's new jazz institute after legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in an effort to boost its standing and solicit private donations. While Ferguson won't be on staff at the jazz institute, he is scheduled to appear at its annual jazz festival in February. "This will give us national and international visibility," said Donald L. Gephardt, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.
May 11, 1999 |
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. That's a riff that the 23 members of the jazz band at Overbrook Senior High School know inside out. So much so that the judges from the International Association of Jazz Educators gave them a first-place trophy April 23 at the state finals at Willingboro High School. The band's devotion to that ineffable "swing" was in the pulse of the drums, the blare of the trombones, and the sighs of the saxophones in their versions of songs from a 1991 album by Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson.
November 6, 1998 |
MAYNARD FERGUSON BIG BOP NOUVEAU BAND. Keswick Theater, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $22.50. Info: 215-572-7650. The master of the high notes is now 70 years old, but he's still traveling around like he's a young whippersnapper. "When I think of you in that office doing what you're doing, I feel so sorry for you," Maynard Ferguson said by phone from Appleton, Wis. "I was born to do this. " In fact, Ferguson was born in Montreal and played piano and violin before taking up the trumpet when he was 9. It's been nearly non-stop since, as he led his own band in Canada (he opened for Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Woody Herman)
August 30, 1998 |
Richard Alphonso "Buzzy" Wilson, 64, of Overbrook Farms, a jazz aficionado and former saxophone player who booked jazz shows in Philadelphia for more than 20 years, died of heart failure Thursday at his home in Overbrook Farms. Mr. Wilson, who brought to the local scene such artists as John Coltrane, Betty Carter, Sonny Rollins and Milt Jackson, closed out his career last weekend with Chuck Mangione's four sold-out shows at Zanzibar Blue. He had been a booking agent at Zanzibar Blue since 1991.
February 10, 1994 |
For Maynard Ferguson, choosing a career was no choice at all. He locked on to music as a child and never let go, growing from prodigy to jazz legend. His musical career has spanned five decades and 60 albums. And, at 65, the renowned jazz trumpeter shows no signs of slowing down, as he continues to perform with his Big Bop Nouveau Band, a 10-piece unit that takes him back to his roots, with a big-band flavor despite its size. This year, Ferguson and his band will travel the world, with a tour that includes Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.
April 23, 1993 |
He is bearded and large - an imposing figure indeed. He produces the sweetest sounds out of a flute and the raunchiest notes from a baritone saxophone. Sometimes he sings - kind of. Above all - on stage, at least - this guy is a genuine party animal. Denis DiBlasio performs with his trio tonight at the Painted Bride Art Center, and his appearance comes with a guarantee: It will not be a dull evening. Nor will there be a shortage of musical virtuosity. Sure, DiBlasio likes to have fun, but he takes music far more seriously than he will admit.
October 3, 1991 |
The body of a musician who had been fatally shot was recovered yesterday from a house in the city's Fairmount section, following an armed standoff with the resident of the home - a former singer who had performed with the victim. Jacob L. Portnoy, 61, of South Philadelphia, had been shot in the upper chest and right hip, beaten and slashed, investigators said. Police retrieved a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol and last night charged Gloria Hudson, 62, who lives in the house in the 2100 block of Green Street, with murder and weapons offenses.
August 16, 1991 |
Denis DiBlasio had a dilemma back in the days when he had his own group. On the one hand, it was nice playing with the same guys every night. Real comfortable. But on the other hand, there were all these great musicians he really wanted to play with. "There were people out there like Shirley Scott and Mickey Roker and I wanted to play with them," DiBlasio said. "Actually, I guess everyone in the group probably wanted to try some different things, but no one wanted to say anything.