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August 3, 1987 | By JOE O'DOWD JR., Daily News Staff Writer
Jazz great Maynard Ferguson jams in the Budweiser Fun Tent at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Ferguson, originally in Stan Kenton's band, plays a piercing trumpet. Some of his favorite notes are in the dog-whistle high zone. Ferguson's band also is heavy on the brass, so expect some upper-register howling. Ferguson can really cook, his wailing trumpet will easily be heard over the din of the Fair. Not into jazz? How about rapping with a Soap Opera star? Billy Shanks (Dr. Casey Peretti on "As The World Turns)
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September 12, 1999 | By Heather N. Bandur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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July 11, 1988 | By BARBARA BECK, Daily News Staff Writer
Michael Pedicin Jr. can't get enough sax. He started playing at the age of 8. He had his first band at the age of 15. In elementary school, he was the kid carrying a saxophone case while all the other kids played half ball. Since then he has gone out on the road with Lou Rawls and Maynard Ferguson, toured with Dave Brubeck, Teddy Pendergrass and the O'Jays and Chuck Mangione and David Bowie, and formed his own band to tour Atlantic City hotel lounges. He then moved on to the house orchestra at the Golden Nugget Casino/Hotel, became musical director at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, produced a couple of albums, promoted a few acts, managed a few stars, and in between played the alto and soprano saxophone extremely well.
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April 19, 1990 | By Brigette ReDavid, Special to The Inquirer
Jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Maynard Ferguson will headline the rebirth of the Villanova Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at The DuPont Pavillion. Tickets for each show are $12; $10 for students and senior citizens. Six local high school bands will compete in jam sessions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. A panel of four judges will review the bands from Plymouth- Whitemarsh, Council Rock, La Salle, Neshaminy, North Catholic and Upper Moreland. "Some of the high school bands are spectacular," said John Dunphy, director of music activities at Villanova.
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April 20, 1990 | By Nels Nelson, Daily News Staff Writer
The revival of the long-defunct Villanova Jazz Festival, which springs to life again this weekend after an 18-year intermission, began in the usual way - with a bunch of guys sitting around talking. "Thirteen of us were sitting around after a band rehearsal in February of 1989," relates Paul Saccone, who plays baritone saxophone, "and band director John Dunphy started to reminisce about the student-run jazz festivals which began in 1961 - one of the first of the national collegiate festivals - and became an annual tradition at Villanova through 1972.
NEWS
July 18, 1990 | By Tina Kelley, Special to The Inquirer
Glorious improv and mellifluous melodies will soar again over Willingboro's Broido Park and the airwaves of the Delaware Valley at the ninth annual Willingboro Jazz Festival, starting at noon Sunday. The Connie Rainis Trio, from Pottstown, Pa., will open the festival. Rainis has sung at previous Willingboro festivals with the Eastwind Jazz Ensemble. She will be singing with Randy Sarles on guitar, and Kevin McConnell on bass. At 12:45, Willingboro drummer, composer and arranger Edguardo Sintron and his Latin Jazz Band will perform salsa jazz selections.
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September 16, 1987 | By JIM KNIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Ballet takes the stage with "Stars and Stripes Forever," 7 p.m., at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust. Tickets: $15 & $30. Part of Constitution Week, the production moves at 9 p.m. to Constitution Pavilion on Independence Mall for dining and dancing. Opera star Wilhelmenia Fernandez is expected at the gala. Info: 978-1400. LAST TOOT OF SUMMER The Twilight Jazz Series put on by the Camden County Parks Commission comes to a close with incomparable jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson performing in concert, 7 p.m., at Wiggins Waterfront Park, Mickle Blvd.
NEWS
May 11, 1999 | By Gaiutra Bahadur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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August 30, 1998 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 3, 1991 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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April 8, 2013 | By Kathleen Tinney, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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February 3, 2000 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
September 12, 1999 | By Heather N. Bandur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
May 11, 1999 | By Gaiutra Bahadur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
November 6, 1998 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
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)
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August 30, 1998 | By Andy Wallace, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 10, 1994 | By S. E. Siebert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1993 | By Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 3, 1991 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1991 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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