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October 25th, 2005 00:00
Maynard Ferguson
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson showed Saturday at Dowe's on 9th that he is willing to start acting his age.

At 77, the high-note wizard spent most of his act directing his Big Bop Nouveau from a stool in the middle of the bandstand. That decision was helped by the fact that trumpeter Patrick Hession is able to play his role and reach the soaring trumpet heights for which Ferguson is known.

Oh, he played quite a bit himself and showed he still is the phenom who has been on the road more than 50 years. And that seemed to please the full house at the Downtown club who gave the band an enthusiastic response.
On the Road Again with Maynard!
September 21st, 2005 00:00
After getting off the road with Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau, Patrick had a pretty busy summer of 2005. As soon as Patrick got home in May, he had a baroque trumpet and organ wedding with organist Larry Przybysz. Patrick then flew out to play with Paul Anka at Harrah's Casino in St. Louis, MO. Patrick was then called by Lon Bronson to play lead trumpet in "The Rat Pack Returns in The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean" for a six-week run at the Detroit City Theatre. Patrick also had various summer gigs with Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau and some of them included, the Blue Note in New York, the Cesky Krumlov International Music Festival 2005 and a fun filled week at Ronnie Scott's in London! To end off the summer, Patrick had a Local 5 trust fund gig, a gig with Grupo Fuego, The OJ's and a couple of gigs with Spyder Turner. One of which was at the world famous Woodward Dream Cruise! Kicking off the fall tour, Patrick will be back on the road with Maynard Ferguson & Big Nouveau starting September 23rd. We hope to see you there!
Sneak Peek at Monette's ALL-NEW 2006 Line of PRANA Instruments!
August 24th, 2005 00:00
Here is a Sneak Peek at Monette's ALL-NEW 2006 Line of PRANA Instruments! We hope you enjoy the seven-minute video collage featuring some of the top artists play-testing Monette's new PRANA Instruments. Patrick appears in this video collage three times, so check it out!

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Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau, London
August 5th, 2005 03:00
By Mike Hobart
Published: August 5, 2005

Ferguson was never known for the subtleties of his trumpet technique, though he still strings together the occasional well-crafted phrase. His renown lies more in his spectacularly powerful high note playing, which is so full-on that it grabs audiences by the throat. Now in his late 70s, he restricts these trademark stratospheric blasts to a few warmly received bars on each number, though he did indulge in a bit of high-note jousting with the lead trumpeter Patrick Hession.
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Dose of the real world Still powering ahead; JAZZ
August 2nd, 2005 00:00
The Evening Standard (London, England)
August 2nd, 2005

Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau
Ronnie Scott's Club, W1

Maynard finally revved the volume back up with a medley of his big-band hits. His soaring, whinnying flourishes were electrifying, but the sheer precision of the brass, with Patrick Hession on lead, was the trump card.
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Hessions Sessions Guestbook Updated
July 23rd, 2005 00:00
The Hessions Sessions Guestbook has been updated to a newer version. You can now post pictures with your entries and spamming will not be a problem anymore.

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Trumpet Guru Wows Kobalt Crowd
June 25th, 2005 00:00
June 25, 2005
A Review by Peter Landsdowne

Big Bop Nouveau is packed with impressive soloists, but the band's ensemble playing is something to hear as well. This attribute became evident on "The MF Hit Medley," a crowd-pleaser that elicited the first standing ovation of the evening. Hession was a standout throughout the medley, handling everything from "MacArthur Park" to a beautifully rendered version of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" with aplomb and some impressive high-register work.
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June 7th, 2005 00:00
June 07, 2005
Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band

I saw Maynard Ferguson and his band perform recently. It is great to see that he is still out there giving it his best. He is obviously moving on in years and not playing a whole lot while on stage. His lead trumpet player, Patrick Hession, more than fills in however. Maynard and the band tour extensively, often conducting master classes at schools in the afternoon before giving their evening concerts. Check out their schedule to see if they are coming to your area.
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Crowd pleaser
May 7th, 2005 00:00
Crowd pleaser
Audience loves trumpeter Ferguson's all-out assault on senses
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Star-Ledger Staff

Master blaster trumpeter Maynard Ferguson's still got it.

Celebrating his 77th birthday with a concert with his nine-piece Big Bop Nouveau band Wednesday at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, Ferguson took the stage on the opening blues and laid out one of his legendary about-as-high-as-you-can-go trumpet tones. He then kept on laying them out for the entire show.

Ferguson has to be championed for his ability at the twilight of his career he led his first American band in Long Branch, he told the packed house of about 1,000, in the mid-'50s to play these incredibly demanding notes. Few at any age can do it, though Ferguson's lead trumpeter, Patrick Hession, sure could.

And Ferguson has to be celebrated for his consistency: He didn't crack a note. He did, however, mostly employ a lip trill, or a shake, which resulted in a wavering between two notes instead of a single one nailed right on the button. The lip trill also often resulted in a mass of brass sound rather than a glistening trumpet note.

What Ferguson didn't do very much was relax. Each of his solos -- even the ballad "But Beautiful" -- had regular high screamers. It was as if to not hit them high, hard and loud wouldn't have given the fans what they wanted -- or wouldn't have allowed him to show that he could still do it. But after a while, this constant bravado -- the band was very loud, too, for the most part -- was counterproductive. The show, ultimately, was more about sensation than content.

To be fair, it seemed this was what the audience wanted. Cheers often broke out after a high zinger, and a thunderous standing ovation greeted the closing medley. The one time the trumpeter ended a number with less than searing tones, on "But Beautiful," applause was demonstrably less than other zealous finishes.

The Big Bop Nouveau was outstanding in its support of Ferguson and in its first-rate musicianship in playing the material.

Several pieces stood out. Take "A Frame for the Blues," written for Ferguson in the late-'50s by East Orange's Slide Hampton, who played with the trumpeter then. After some sky-highs from "MF," as Ferguson has long been known, the fetching theme ensued soft for a bit, with delicate brass colors. After solos by tenorman Matt Parker, and enthusiastic phrase trades between Ferguson and trombonist Reggie Watkins, the piece got loud, then softened at the close.

The swinging "Dr. Pops Ph.D." found Ferguson refreshingly playing some attractive, fluid bop phrases along with his ceiling scrapers. He did the same on "But Beautiful," where pianist Ji Young Lee wove "Happy Birthday" into her unaccompanied opening. Jobim's "The Girl from Ipanema" was overstated. Here, however, drummer Stockton Helbing played a delicate solo, tapping his cymbals and drums and creating appealing percussion colors, using his elbow on a drum to coax out another "Happy Birthday."

Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" stood out in the medley of MF hits; it had some zesty, funky moments, particularly from pianist Lee.

The affair benefited the high school's band program. The school's jazz ensemble, directed by Andrew DeNicola, began the evening with three solid pieces, played with poise, precision and verve. The spiffy "High Maintenance" sported a boisterous alto solo by Andrew Zhang. Soft and glowing, "Satin N' Glass" had standout flugelhorn work from Natalie Adler and Caitlin Nichols. Nichols and drummer Mark Lippi both tore it up on the Latin groover "Mueva Los Huesos."

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Maynard Ferguson at Beethoven Hall
April 8th, 2005 00:00
Member Recommendation: Very Highly Recommended
Category: Music
Performer: Maynard Ferguson
Type of Music: Jazz
Reviewed by mmhicks on April 8, 2005
From journal: San Antonio on a Whim

Twenty years had passed since I last saw Maynard Ferguson. As a jazz saxophone player, I was always in awe of his ability to keep a stream of extremely talented musicians filling the seats of his Big Bop Nouveau band. I was concerned about his ability to play as he approaches his 77th birthday, but those concerns were put to rest when he played his first note.

Before Maynard took the stage, a couple of his band members with new CDs played a couple of songs each. Drummer Stockton Hebling (yes, that's his real name) gave a preview of his skills, only to surpass this demonstration later in the concert. Musical director and trombonist Reggie Watkins also gave us a taste of his new release, and his incredible technical and musical skills got the crowd ready.

Then came the Boss. Sporting a cast on his wrist and older than I expected, Maynard walked on with the same confidence that indicated he was still the leader of the band. His playing time was limited, and the notes were not as high as they were 20 years ago, but the notes he played still had that rich, broad tone that only a trumpet master can produce. His skill as a musician has been surpassed by his skill as a music leader. He has put together a band of young, brilliant musicians who play with enthusiasm, skill, smiles, and laughter.

The show was in the 600-seat Beethoven Hall, and we found third-row tickets once we arrived in town. I hear there are no bad seats in the auditorium, but that was no concern to us, as we were close enough to hear them clear their spit valves.

Maynard's trademark was his ability to play very high notes. Now he has a young stud, Patrick Hession, who plays his parts on a medley of classic tunes that made Maynard famous, like Gonna Fly Now (theme from Rocky), MacArthur Park, and others. But the thrill of the night was when they finished with Birdland, and Matt Parker made his tenor sax sing like few can do it.

I had fun -- just plain giddy fun sitting there with my son (a trumpet player) and watching his eyes light up as he experienced something he had never seen. I understood great jazz before the concert. We appreciated it together for hours after the concert. Catch Maynard Ferguson if he comes to your town. Or drive 5 hours with a kid and watch a new dimension in music enter his world in a matter of a couple of hours.
Hessions Sessions Photo Gallery Updated
March 14th, 2005 00:00
The Hessions Sessions Photo Gallery has now been updated! In Celebration of Black History Month, Patrick played in Port Huron and Sarnia, Canada with the International Symphony Orchestra. Patrick is back on the road with Maynard Ferguson and Big Bop Nouveau until May 15th. We hope to see you there!
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"A-List": A Review by Kelly Beaman
February 22nd, 2005 00:00
"A-List": A Review
Kelly Beaman
Published: 2/22/2005

"A-List" JFP-CD01 Personnel: Reggie Watkins, trombone and compositions; Eugene Stovall, vocals; David Throckmorton, drums; James Johnson III, drums; Nathen Peck, electric and acoustic bass; Howard Alexander, piano and synthesizer; Eric Defade, tenor saxophone and flute; Rick Matt, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Patrick Hession, lead trumpet; Ken Robinson, trumpet; Ian Gordon, trumpet; Jamie Moore, trumpet; Craig "Izzy" Arlet, guitar; Alex Peck, tambourine; Scott McIntosh, alto saxophone; Carmello Torres, percussion. Selections: "Three Girls On Two Chairs," "Weight For Six," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Molero," "Sittin' Here In My Room," "Whisper Not," "December Twentieth," "Two Colors," "Ask Me Know," "Star Jive."
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Past Newsletters of the Glenn Miller Orchestra
February 1st, 2005 00:00
Brought to you by Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., the owner and operator of The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Big Band Newsletter #057

This past Tuesday night I went to hear the very gifted Maynard Ferguson. Still going strong at age 76, Maynard and his band performed a 90 minute set that was just incredible. The band is composed of many young, talent players including lead trumpeter Patrick Hession, who also played lead trumpet with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1996 - 1998, and musical director/trombonist Reggie Watkins. Maynard and his Big Bop Nouveau band are loud, but the playing and arrangements are great.
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"Festive Masterpieces for Trumpet and Organ" is Now Available!
January 22nd, 2005 00:00
Kenneth Robinson's debut classical CD, "Festive Masterpieces for Trumpet and Organ," is now available at KGRMUSIC.COM. Check out the clips on the Audio Page. This CD is dedicated to AJ Abdallah, who was tragically shot and killed in his recording studio in Ferndale, Michigan, January 2, 2005. AJ recorded, mixed and mastered this CD and it was the last finished product to come out of Studio 8. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We will miss you AJ. You are one in a million! Patrick and Ken can be seen on tour with Maynard Ferguson and Big Bop Nouveau until February 21st. Patrick put a special Piccolo Trumpet part in the MF HIT MEDLEY 2005, so come check it out. Visit Tribute Website for AJ Abdallah

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Christmas is a very busy time of year
January 21st, 2005 00:00
Christmas is a very busy time of year if you are a trumpet player and for Patrick there was no exception. First off, Patrick played a couple of gigs with the local Latin band, Salvaje. Then, Patrick and Ken Robinson, roommate and best friend, were off to Dearborn, Michigan to be guest performers with the Annapolis High School Band's Christmas Concerts. Patrick then spent the day with the students and then played for their basketball game that night. Patrick and Ken were off again to Port Huron, Michigan to play a Christmas concert with the International Symphony Orchestra. Immediately after the ISO Christmas Concert, Patrick and Ken were off to Royal Oak, Michigan to play for the Royal Oak Music Center's annual Christmas party with the Howling Diablos. Patrick and Ken also played with the now rising Latin stars, Grupo Fuego. They are now #6 on Latin Billboard and have asked Patrick and Ken to join the band, but Patrick's loyalty is still for Maynard Ferguson, a.k.a., "The Boss." Besides, Maynard told Patrick that he could not quit Big Bop Nouveau without his permission! Patrick then ended the Christmas season with a total of four Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Another great New Year's Eve with the Incomparable Paul Anka and this year, Patrick was able to get Ken Robinson on the gig. Due to the recommendation of Daniel Falcone, Patrick has played New Year's Eve with Paul Anka on several occasions and it is always a blast for him to be able to do the gig. The gig was at the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Paul had a great spread in his Presidential Suite after the gig and the hang was a lot of fun. Thanks, Paul! Before flying back out to join Maynard Ferguson for the Winter tour, Patrick played three gigs with Spyder Turner at the Motor City Casino in Detroit, Michigan. Patrick will be back on the road with Maynard Ferguson & Big Nouveau starting January 10th.
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