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Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 8 to 10 p.m.
Admission: by donation
- Mark Ferguson - piano, trombone
- La Garza, the Crane Latin Ensemble from Potsdam, NY
We've chosen a very exciting program of all Latin music - you'll hear music composed or made famous by Tito Puente, Duke Ellington, Paquito D'Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Michel Camilo, Mitch Frohman, and Los Gringos - plus arrangements by Rob McConnell, Frank Mantooth and Mark Ferguson.
La Garza is one of the premiere performing ensembles of the Crane School of Music, State University of New York. Located in Potsdam, north of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the Crane School of Music is home to the largest music education program in the United States.
Founded by Director Dr. Marsha Baxter, the twenty-six member ensemble reflects the diverse musical life at Crane – strings, brass, percussion, piano, woodwinds and voice. National Public Radio journalist Tod Moe writes, “It’s dynamic music from a group of talented young people who played their hearts and souls out. I could have grinned all night.”
Their music – a blend of classical and contemporary salsa, Latin jazz, and hip salsa hybrids – draws enthusiastic crowds in formal concert halls as well as informal venues. In 2007, the ensemble performed as featured young artists at the International SAT Festival in Monterrey, Mexico, along with Panamanian percussionist Renato Thoms. They returned in 2010 to perform in Puebla hosted by the UDLA and Mexican Tourism Bureau. They have also performed in concert with Canada’s Capital Brassworks, Latin jazz trombonist Chris Washburne, and Mambo Legends Orchestra’s saxophonist Mitch Frohman.
The ensemble musicians are currently participants in a documentary project called For the Love of the Mambo. The project will capture through multiple media, the experiences of both veteran musicians who played for decades under Tito Puente and young performers of La Garza, many whose first in-depth Latin musical experience began as undergraduate students at SUNY Potsdam. The project hopes to weave the two story lines together and promote the education of Latin music, its culture and rich history for years to come.
Mark Ferguson has over twenty years of experience in the music industry, working as a pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator.
He has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Rosemary Clooney, Carol Channing, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Funk Brothers of “Standing in the Shadow of Motown” fame, and the nine member world beat band Manteca.
Mark's most recent recording project is a collaboration with Mike Tremblay. Mike plays saxophone, Mark is on piano for their debut CD entitled Home.
Mark currently leads his own big band, and tours North America with The Big Band Broadcast starring Holly Larocque & The Mark Ferguson Orchestra. Recently, with the help of drummer Peter Beaudoin, Mark re-united Los Gringos, a 9 piece Latin jazz ensemble whose first album ‘Vow of Silence’ was released in 1995 and features many of Mark’s compositions.
As a composer his credits include the CBC television series Life & Times, Cottage Country, and On the Road Again. Mark has written a film score entitled Transformation for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and created the music for Corel’s video editing software Lumiere. His original compositions are featured in Treehouse Television’s series Toy Castle, advertising jingles for radio and T.V. and in the recordings of various artists.
Mark has written musical arrangements for a wide range of groups including the RCMP Band, the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, the HMCS Stadacona Band, the Edmonton Armed Forces Band.
As a music educator Mark has taught trombone, piano, arranging, and jazz improvisation at the Chelsea Bridge Summer Jazz Camp. He has directed the University of Ottawa Jazz Ensemble, and has served as a jazz clinician at high schools and universities across Canada. Mark is presently teaching in the jazz program at Carleton University.
Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra
Saxophones and flutes
- Brady Leafloor - alto sax, flute
- Alex Zaphiropoulos - tenor sax, alto sax
- Chris Maskell - tenor sax, flute
- Meghan Heeney - tenor sax, flute
- Henry Schut - baritone sax
- Daniel Degroseilliers
- Zachary Smith
- Christian Julien - bass trombone
- Nick Cochrane
- Megan Jutting
- Peter Crouch
- Laura Van Staveren
- Alex Moxon - guitar
- Clayton Connell - piano
- J.P. Lapensée - bass
- Jamie Holmes - drums
- Lucas Denison - percussion
with special guest:
- Mark Ferguson - trombone
Under the direction of Nicholas Dyson.
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