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Toledo Jazz Orchestra, continues with a salute to trumpeter Maynard Ferguson
December 3rd, 2007 00:00
January 12, 2008

The 2007-2008 Harold Jaffe Concert Series featuring Toledo's premier big band, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, continues with a salute to trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. Patrick Hession, who performed with Ferguson, will be the special guest, and the TJO's own Ric Wolkins will be featured as well. Join us for a salute to the great Maynard Ferguson by the best big band in town!
November 20th, 2007 00:00
Dave Monette has just finished his FALL 2007 NEWSLETTER and has nine stories that include ten videos and four audio clips to showcase their work and the talents of some of the players they work with. There are three new audio clips of Patrick's live performance with the Jeff Holmes Big Band, using his XLT BL4 S6 on his MF PRANA Bb TRUMPET, and a new video clip of Fanfare for Dave written for Patrick Hession, Charles Schlueter, Manny Laureano and Phil Snedecor (arranger) at the 2007 ITG Conference.

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Young Composers Music Forum > Discussion > Performance - Trumpet vs. Trombone?
November 19th, 2007 07:44
There is no method out there that will increase your range to a high C in any 'short' amount of time, but there are several that will get you there correctly, strongly, and effectively. Patrick Hession, possibly the greatest high note player alive today (RIP Maynard), has a method out, too.
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JazzTimes CD Review of "The One and Only Maynard Ferguson" from the September 2007 issue
September 1st, 2007 00:00
The One and Only Maynard Ferguson (Maynard Ferguson Trust)

The reduced big band (four trumpets, three saxophones, trombone and rhythm), steered by lead trumpeters Wayne Bergeron and Patrick Hession, performs the collection of fresh-sounding standards and originals with precision and utmost musicality.

Lafayette Citizens Band Performs a Spectacular July 4 Concert!
July 5th, 2007 00:00
There was a lot of red, white and blue music at the concert, and some special soloists and groups were featured. Lafayette's native son Patrick Hession, who played for six years with the Maynard Ferguson Band, and his brother Phil, were featured on a Bill Kisinger arrangement of "MacArthur Park," and the "Theme from Rocky."

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fan fare - umass amherst department of music & dance - summer 2007
June 21st, 2007 00:00
Outstanding visiting artists and ensembles joined with Department of Music & Dance faculty and student performers for five evening concerts that included UMass Amherst Professor Jeff Holmes' Big Band with Wayne Bergeron and Patrick Hession, The Washington Symphonic Brass, The New England Brass Band with Terry Everson, Philip Cobb and Rene Hernandez, and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band.
ITG 2007 Event Reports - Friday
June 1st, 2007 17:00
5:00 pm - David Monette: Design, Fabrication and Performance - A Guided Video Tour
Written by Elisa Koehler

A large crowd gathered to hear the latest information from custom trumpet maker David Monette about his new innovations in instrument design and manufacture. Following the traditional ITG trumpet ensemble prelude by students from Drake University, Phil Snedecor introduced another trumpet ensemble playing one of his own compositions, Fanfare for David. Performing with Snedecor were fellow Monette players Charles Schlueter, Manny Laureano, and Patrick Hession, who wowed the audience with his white hot lead playing.
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ITG 2007 Event Reports - Thursday
May 31st, 2007 19:00

7:00 pm - Washington Symphonic Brass "At The Movies!"
Written by Neville Young

For a moment I was surprised when the "Rocky" fanfare started up again - surely they're not just going to repeat that? - but all was explained when the music took a turn in the direction marked "loud" and Patrick Hession strolled on stage - my goodness, what a Maynard-style extravaganza this last tune became. Like the rest of the audience I left bowled over by the versatility and skill of the Washington Symphonic Brass and with the memory of a really great concert full of variety and flair. Nice one, Milt and the WSB.
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ITG 2007 Event Reports - Wednesday
May 30th, 2007 19:00
7:00 pm - Jeff Holmes Big Band
Written by Gary Mortenson

If you like to hear lead trumpet playing featured in the jazz ensemble setting, then this concert had to make you feel like a kid in a candy store. Patrick Hession (Maynard Ferguson's last lead trumpet player) was featured on three tunes on the first half including arrangements of "Danny Boy," "Superman," and "Rocky." It was obvious to all why Maynard hired Patrick as his last lead trumpet player. Through all three tunes he displayed great power, presence, range, and volume. Hession's ability to "power-up" the trumpet in the highest register and still play a nice melody in the middle and extremely low registers is astounding. Maynard fans got exactly what they wanted, and audience members who might not have been familiar with that type of trumpet playing got a true initiation into what that special fraternity is all about. The last tune of Hession's set, "Rocky," really brought me back to my youth as a high school trumpet player in mid 1970s suburban Chicago, and to the many times I went to various area high schools to see Maynard with his big band perform for his fanatic following (of which I was a fully-vested member). Thank you Patrick, for bringing back those great memories...
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ITG 2007 Event Reports - Wednesday
May 30th, 2007 09:00
9:00 am - Maynard Ferguson Tribute
Written by John Irish

How does one sum up the career, importance, influence, or the person as unique as Maynard Ferguson. A panel discussion led By Ed Sargent, paid tribute to the great Maynard who passed away in August, 2006. Contributors on the panel included Wayne Bergeron (started in the band 1986), Carl Fischer (started in 1993), and Patrick Hession (from 2000 -- Maynard's last lead trumpet player), and Dan Potts, who helped with the video montage and historical information. Maynard's daughters, Lisa and Wilder were also in attendance.
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"Maynard Ferguson Tribute" DVD
May 4th, 2007 00:00
This Double DVD Tribute Package includes the Maynard Ferguson Tribute Concert held September 20, 2006 at the University of Missouri Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis and over 60 minutes of Historical Bonus Footage.

The featured concert from St. Louis brought together more than 30 alumni artists from Maynard's sixty plus years of entertaining audiences around the world. In a manner of words, the tribute was the ultimate symphony dedicated to a man so many called "The Boss". The DVD of the concert has a running time of over 120 minutes and also includes many great photos of Maynard throughout the years.

The second DVD includes more than an hour of bonus footage excerpts, many of which have never before been seen, from performances all over the world. Recorded between 1950-2006, these excerpts demonstrate Maynard's trumpet artistry and trademark exuberance as a world renowned bandleader.

A portion of the net proceeds from the DVD sales will go to the Maynard Ferguson Music Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.
Maynard Ferguson Tribute DVD
"The One And Only Maynard Ferguson" CD
May 4th, 2007 00:00
Recorded in July of 2006 (only weeks before Maynard's passing), The One and Only Maynard Ferguson is Maynard's final studio recording. The musicians on this album are a collection of old friends and alumni from Maynard's amazing career.

Maynard Ferguson - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Bandleader
Wayne Bergeron - Trumpet and Flugelhorn (lead on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
Patrick Hession - Trumpet and Flugelhorn (lead on tracks 5, 7, 8, 9)
Serafin Aguilar - Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Ken Edwards - Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Mike Dubaniewicz - Alto Saxophone
Chip McNeill - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Denis DiBlasio - Baritone Saxophone
Steve Wiest - Trombone
Jeff Lashway - Piano
Brian Mulholland - Bass
Stockton Helbing - Drums and Cymbals/Music Director
Special Guest: Christian Jacob - Piano

Track Listing:
1. Without A Song - Arranged by Chip McNeill
2. Besame Mucho - Arranged By Steve Wiest
3. Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone - Arranged by Steve Wiest
4. Vita Bella - Composed and Arranged by Denis DiBlasio
5. Dr. Fox PHD - Composed and Arranged by Denis DiBlasio
6. Lost Horizons - Composed and Arranged by Christian Jacob
7. Surviving Soho - Composed and Arranged by Denis DiBlasio
8. The Days of Wine and Roses - Arranged by Denis DiBlasio
9. Darn that Dream - Arranged by Denis DiBlasio
The One And Only Maynard Ferguson CD
4th Edition HESSIONS SESSIONS Guides are Now Available!
April 29th, 2007 00:00
The "All-New" 4th Edition HESSIONS SESSIONS Guides are here! Featuring Patrick's Monette MF PRANA B-flat Trumpet with Custom Inlaid Fingerbuttons on the cover.

A Review by Matt Keller
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My lesson with Patrick Hession
April 28th, 2007 04:55
By Mikester

Patrick's breath capacity is amazing! We would breath at a constant rate for 7 beats. Even though we were breathing at close to the same rate, I was completely full before 5 beats. Patrick went all the way through 7 beats. To give you some idea of the difference in our sizes, Patrick is about 5'7" medium-athletic. I am 6'6" large frame. So, I was shocked at how much more air he could intake.

Other items he stressed in the exercises were the breath attacks versus the tongue attacks. As we worked on the breath attack, Patrick demonstrated his mastery of "whisper tones." I have heard of them, but have not witnessed a demonstration. Patrick can begin a note that is so faint it is barely audible. Hence their name. He begins these notes and crescendos to double forte and back to whisper. Tremendous control.
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4th Edition HESSIONS SESSIONS Guides Coming Soon!
April 1st, 2007 00:00

If you have been looking for a way to improve your upper register and really "zero-in" on those troublesome high notes, consider our special April 1st edition Monette "OCTAV-EYE-ZER."
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March 21st, 2007 00:00
Thanks again for the remarkable job last December. You and Reggie made a great team. The alumni magazine at UVSC picked up the story of the MF tribute and published a short article. It is on page 12 of the online version found at: Click and turn to page 12.

Director of Jazz Studies, David Fullmer, recently led his UVSC jazz and percussion students on an unforgettable journey into the life and talent of the late jazz trumpet player and bandleader, Walter Maynard Ferguson.

Concluding the phenomenal concert in the Ragan Theater, students who idolized Ferguson (many their entire musical careers) had the opportunity to showcase their talents by performing a variety of Ferguson pieces. The highlight of the experience, however, was when Patrick Hession and Reggie Watkins, two longtime members of the Maynard Ferguson Band, traveled to UVSC to conduct a workshop and then perform with UVSC students.

According to Jared Herald, UVSC student trumpet player and member of the jazz ensemble, "We not only saw a great display of brass wizardry, but we actually had the opportunity to learn from two terrific performers. Except for Maynard, I have never heard anyone nail the songs the way Patrick did."

According to Fullmer, who has a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Washington, "Maynard was a very important historical figure in jazz history. Many jazz purists looked down on Ferguson's rock-style jazz, but he was a heavy influence that sparked in many young musicians a lifelong affinity and desire to learn and play jazz."

Today, Ferguson is known as one of the most influential musicians in Jazz history. He passed away Aug. 23, 2006, in Ventura, Calif., at age 78. He is known for playing with big band pioneers including Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. Ferguson recorded more than 60 albums.
UVSC Sequel - Spring 2007
South Medford High School in Medford, Oregon annual Jazz Celebration in May 2007!
March 3rd, 2007 13:40
Hey Patrick,

I just learned that you will be gracing the stage of South Medford High School in Medford, Oregon, for our annual Jazz Celebration in May 2007! What a thrill it will be to have you play with our outstanding students musicians and WOW our community with your music! We still revel in the memory of a couple years ago, when Maynard , himself, came to our school and set it ablaze with his trumpet! (When my son, the trombonist in The Suitz, lost his Razr cell phone last year, his greatest grief was that it had his only photo of him and Maynard on it!)

Our school is blessed to have the invaluable services of the amazing Stan Mark as coach for The Suitz, and we love him and what has has done for all our bands and for music in our community! In a time when public schools are slowly losing music education, our community still works hard to support music!

If anyone out there wants to hear pure Jazz Music deeply honored in small-town America, come to Medford, Oregon, on Saturday, May 12, 2007, for a stunning evening of Jazz, as it deepens its roots in our stellar student musicians, accompanied by the famous Patrick Hession!!

See you in May, Patrick--and this time we'll have the cameras ready!!

Patrick Hession and Reggie Watkins performed at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah
February 26th, 2007 10:21
Review by Jared Hearld
Concert Date: December 8, 2006
Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah

Patrick Hession and Reggie Watkins recently performed at Utah Valley State in Orem, Utah. They arrived in town on thursday just in time for one rehearsal before the show on friday. On tap for rehearsal was "Chameleon," "Rocky," "Gospel John," "MacArthur Park," "Danny Boy," "Birdland," "Superbone Meets the Badman," "The Way We Were," and "Frame For the Blues." Through the three hour rehearsal the band was no less than amazed at the talent of Patrick and Reggie. We not only saw a great display of brass wizardry, but saw two great educators. The night rehearsal ended with powerful and slick soloing from Reggie and Patrick just wasting Double C's on "Chameleon." I could have swore these two had enough chops for another three hour rehearsal.

The show started with Reggie and Patrick on "Chameleon." The band started it's groove on "Chameleon" and within just a minute or so in came Patrick with ear bleeding descending lines starting on Double G. Just as we were ending up the 'A' section Patrick led us in to the 'B' section with a Maynardesque Double C. Reggie soon took over with his JB's inspired solo. I believe he even threw in a quote from "Pass the Peas Please." Put some pounds on Reggie and I swear I was listening to Fred Wesley with more grace. To end the song Patrick electrified the crowd with his over Double C usage.

Just in case the crowd didn't get enough of Patrick's high wire act he began playing "Frame For the Blues." Except for Maynard I have never heard anyone nail the beginning and end of this song the way Patrick did. Maynard would be proud! The soloing moments again belonged to Reggie. This guy is so diverse with his playing. I could just imagine myself being at Birdland listening to Slide Hampton playing his own arrangement.

Next on the list was a favorite ballad of Maynard's, "Danny Boy." Patrick's chops just never seem to quit. Patrick gets to show his delicate side as well as his lyrical playing in all registers. Remember, this is all after a long rehearsal the night before and a dress rehearsal the day of. This piece really does show how complete a player Patrick is. The descending lines from G, A, and finally Double C were all done with such grace. If I didn't know which notes he was playing from seeing them on the page I would have never guessed they were that high. He just played with such ease all the way to low F# at end the song.

Next up was "Superbone Meets the Badman," featuring Reggie. This hard swinging chart was just more evidence of Reggie's diversity. As Utah Valley's bari player and Reggie went head to head it was fun to hear the mingling of ideas. Always a playful conversation! What a spark that was given to the band through Reggie's heavy swingin', hard hittin' solo. Reggie was also featured on "The Way We Were." Reggie demonstrated a great lesson in ballad playing to the packed house.

To end the show Reggie, Patrick, and the Band hit the packed house hard with "MacArthur Park," "Gonna Fly Now," and "Birdland." Throughout the night there was flawless execution on the part of Patrick and Reggie. The love for the audience, music, and Maynard Ferguson were all very apparent in their playing. The crowd was left electrified!
Patrick's personal statement about Maynard Ferguson
February 23rd, 2007 04:29
"The first time I saw Maynard Ferguson, GOD told me in a very loud and clear voice, 'That is what you are going to do!' So, from that day forward, I always dreamed about being a trumpet player. When I finally started playing the trumpet, I always had faith in the fact that I just knew that I would play lead trumpet for Maynard Ferguson and that I would be his very last lead trumpet player. With this faithful knowledge, I then dedicated my entire life to Maynard and his band. As a result of my dedication, it got me on a lot of other gigs, but all I really wanted to do was be there for Maynard. I really miss hangin' out with Maynard (Walter) until 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM in the morning, playing a gig that same day and then doing it all over again that night! What times! Maynard taught me to laugh, make people happy and have fun while doing it! He used to say to the band, 'This is not a moment in modern American music history, so just play and have fun.' I was on the road with Maynard Ferguson a little over six years (June 23, 2000 - August 23, 2006) and it was the best, happiest, most musically satisfying time of my life! Thank you GOD and thank you BOSS!"

Patrick E. Hession, Lead Trumpet
Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau
"MF Horn VI: Live at Ronnie's"
January 13th, 2007 00:00
all about jazz
By Jack Bowers | MF Music (2007)

There are some talented newcomers in this edition of BBN and a few holdovers including trombonist/music director Reggie Watkins and lead trumpeter Patrick Hession. There's even a distinguished alumnus, Denis DiBlasio, sitting in on baritone sax. One of the newbies, pianist Jeff Lashway, is a real find, while veteran drummer Stockton Helbing continues his steady improvement.

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The HESSIONS SESSIONS Upcoming Events Calendar is here!
January 1st, 2007 00:00
Due to the overrun of spam on the HESSIONS SESSIONS Forum, Patrick has decided to replace the forum with the "All-New" HESSIONS SESSIONS Upcoming Events Calendar!

(The Upcoming Events Calendar is also located at the top of this News Page).
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