May 4, 1928 - August 23, 2006
Maynard Ferguson passed away Wednesday, at the age of 78. In a statement released by his management that read in short: Walter "Maynard" Ferguson, one of the most influential musicians and band leaders in the history of Jazz, passed away August 23rd at 8:00 pm Pacific Time at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California. He was 78 years old. His death was the result of kidney and liver failure brought on by an abdominal infection. Mr. Ferguson's four daughters, Kim, Lisa, Corby, Wilder and other family members were at his side when he passed away after this brief illness.
Maynard had a Grammy nomination for his trumpet playing on the song "Gonna Fly Now" which you may know as the theme to the movie Rocky.
Check out this amazing rendition of "Round Midnight at Youtube.com. Blew me away!