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January 31, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Sherman Ferguson, a jazz drummer whose versatility and innovative spirit made him a sought-after session player during a more than four-decade career, has died. He was 61. Ferguson, a member of the jazz studies faculty at UCLA, died Jan. 22 at his home in La Crescenta of complications from diabetes. Ferguson's early musical influences were drummers Max Roach and Roy Haynes. He studied privately and began performing with organist and saxophonist Charles Earland in the 1960s.
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April 14, 2006
A concert will be held Tuesday at UCLA in memory of Sherman Ferguson, a jazz drummer and music instructor at the university who died in January. The free concert featuring the JazzUnion is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jan Popper Theater in the Schoenberg Music Building. Details: (310) 206-3033.
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March 18, 1994 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Zan Stewart writes regularly about jazz for The Times
As guitarist Kenny Burrell stood on the stage of the Jazz Bakery recently, playing a bubbling version of Blue Mitchell's "Funji Mama," drum mer Sherman Ferguson sat behind him, firm yet not rigid, smiling as he provided an array of pulsating drum beats that made the number dance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Sherman Ferguson, a jazz drummer whose versatility and innovative spirit made him a sought-after session player during a more than four-decade career, has died. He was 61. Ferguson, a member of the jazz studies faculty at UCLA, died Jan. 22 at his home in La Crescenta of complications from diabetes. Ferguson's early musical influences were drummers Max Roach and Roy Haynes. He studied privately and began performing with organist and saxophonist Charles Earland in the 1960s.
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July 23, 1995
Don Heckman's review of "The Complete Capitol Recordings of Duke Ellington" (Jazz Spotlight, July 16) contained an error: The drummer of that period was Butch Ballard. A Philadelphian, as am I, Butch is one of my hometown inspirations and I'd like for him to get his due. SHERMAN FERGUSON La Crescenta
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2006
A concert will be held Tuesday at UCLA in memory of Sherman Ferguson, a jazz drummer and music instructor at the university who died in January. The free concert featuring the JazzUnion is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jan Popper Theater in the Schoenberg Music Building. Details: (310) 206-3033.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
Bill Watrous, who played at the Loa in Santa Monica Friday and Saturday, is a trombonist whose stature in the jazz world cannot quite measure up to his exceptional talent. The reasons could be that the trombone is not an instrument greatly in favor at the moment and that it requires some sort of companionship beyond a mere rhythm section. Working on his own, without a saxophone or other horn for counter balance, Watrous did his valiant best to bring cohesion and creativity to what was clearly an ad hoc quartet.
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August 11, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
Some musicians are born leaders, while some seem better qualified to spend their careers working for others. The latter destiny would seem to be a suitable option for Sydney Lehman and Kathryn Moses, whose attempt to co-lead a quartet Friday at the Hyatt Sunset fell far short of the essential requirements. Moses, an experienced artist with impressive credentials, is a woman of many parts, most of which just don't work well enough to justify the versatility.
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April 18, 1997
A long list of jazz bands and musicians, including Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Smith, the Frank Capp Juggernaut, Teddy Edwards Brass/String Ensemble, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Larance Marable, John Heard, Sherman Ferguson, Billy Mitchell, John Bolivar, Al Williams and others, are scheduled to appear Sunday in a benefit concert, "Hello Ernie: A Tribute to Ernie and Dolores Andrews and Family" at the Musicians' Union, 817 N. Vine St., 1-6 p.m. Admission: $20 donation. Information: (818) 893-0024.
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March 19, 1999
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1995
Don Heckman's review of "The Complete Capitol Recordings of Duke Ellington" (Jazz Spotlight, July 16) contained an error: The drummer of that period was Butch Ballard. A Philadelphian, as am I, Butch is one of my hometown inspirations and I'd like for him to get his due. SHERMAN FERGUSON La Crescenta
NEWS
March 18, 1994 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Zan Stewart writes regularly about jazz for The Times
As guitarist Kenny Burrell stood on the stage of the Jazz Bakery recently, playing a bubbling version of Blue Mitchell's "Funji Mama," drum mer Sherman Ferguson sat behind him, firm yet not rigid, smiling as he provided an array of pulsating drum beats that made the number dance.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
Bill Watrous, who played at the Loa in Santa Monica Friday and Saturday, is a trombonist whose stature in the jazz world cannot quite measure up to his exceptional talent. The reasons could be that the trombone is not an instrument greatly in favor at the moment and that it requires some sort of companionship beyond a mere rhythm section. Working on his own, without a saxophone or other horn for counter balance, Watrous did his valiant best to bring cohesion and creativity to what was clearly an ad hoc quartet.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 1986 | LEONARD FEATHER
Some musicians are born leaders, while some seem better qualified to spend their careers working for others. The latter destiny would seem to be a suitable option for Sydney Lehman and Kathryn Moses, whose attempt to co-lead a quartet Friday at the Hyatt Sunset fell far short of the essential requirements. Moses, an experienced artist with impressive credentials, is a woman of many parts, most of which just don't work well enough to justify the versatility.
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January 9, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The many colors of Sherman Ferguson's drumming have been heard in settings as varied as the groups of Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Bud Shank and Shorty Rogers, to name only a few. Spend a few nights visiting local jazz rooms and there's a better-than-average chance that you'll hear Ferguson in action, enhancing whatever music he's playing with his well-crafted rhythms and his thoughtful musical sensibilities.
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February 5, 1994 | ZAN STEWART
You want a classic example of be-bop-based, straight-ahead jazz? Just listen to Kenny Burrell. Burrell, one of the reigning monarchs of the guitar along with artists such as Jim Hall and Joe Pass, played with customary class in opening a three-night stand Thursday at the Jazz Bakery.
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