John Ferguson

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  • Come Rain or Come Shine

    One of Johnny Mercer's most enduring & enchanting songs. Come Rain or Come Shine is a beautifully crafted arrangement from the pen of John Ferguson, full of lush voicings & rich in tonal colour. This chart is a real 'torchlight' tune - great for the last set of the evening. The band never overwhelms the vocalist, yet the scoring is full of expression & great dynamics. There is a solo spot for Trumpet 2, a couple of cameo solo leads for 1st Alto, & there are no sax doubles. The brass ranges are moderate, with lead Trumpet to a top C, making the chart playable by most bands. Learn More
  • Hey Ba Ba Re Bop

    Hey! Ba Ba Re Bop! Was performed by Tex Beneke, both while fronting the post-war Miller band, & with his own outfit. In many ways this chart was a portent of things to come, & bridges the gap between Swing & Rock 'n' Roll. The main feature of the arrangement is the answerback between vocalist & band, & there is also solo space for Trumpet 2, as well as some great sectional interplay. All in all this chart really moves along & is perfect for dance gigs. There are no sax doubles, & the vocal key is Db. Learn More
  • La Vie en Rose

    First performed and co-written by Edith Piaf though later made famous by Louis Armstrong, this French song has a stunningly beautiful melody line that just glides. Our arrangement is an original from the pen of John Ferguson, written in even tempo & is elegant in it simplicity. A short intro with solo Alto answered by solo Trumpet leads to the verse then first vocal chorus. A solo Trumpet picks up the second chorus, followed by a Sax soli, then the vocal is back for the second half of the middle 8 to the end. There are no Sax doubles. The vocal key is Ab & is singable by most male or female singers & we have included both French & English lyrics. Learn More
  • Saturday Night

    Sinatra recorded this song a number of times during his career, but the most swinging version was the Billy May arrangement that John Ferguson has transcribed here. In typical May style, it is punch, crisp and offers a great balance between the vocal and ensemble work.  There are no sax doubles in this chart.  Duration: 2:00 Learn More
  • Struttin' With Some Barbecue

    This tune was written by Louis Armstrong & used by him as his theme tune for a number of years. This version is from the Harry James book, & is not only a great Trumpet feature, but a really rare chart too. It has a lilting two-beat feel that swings like crazy from start to finish. The 1st Trumpet has the solo lead, the solo is written out in full & there is a ripping Sax soli where your players need to stand up & show themselves off a bit. There are no sax doubles.  A fabulous transcription from Australian legend John Ferguson. Learn More

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