- Artist: Mundell Lowe
- Format: CD
- Release Date:8/14/2007
Biography of Mundell Lowe BORN IN LAUREL, Mississippi, Mundell left home at the age of thirteen. After working in Nashville, he found his way to Bourbon Street in New Orleans and the beginning of his jazz career. While serving in World War Il, he met the influential John Hammond, who introduced him to Ray McKinley. Mundell worked with McKinley's band for a year and a half, developing his distinctive instrumental style, and then moved on to work in New York at Café Society and stints at the Village Vanguard and The Embers, among others. Mundell worked with Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Helen Humes and Charles Mingus, to name but a few. These gigs overlapped with an early morning TV show at NBC with Cy Coleman, "A Date in Manhattan," and later "The Kate Smith Hour" with Stan Getz, Doc Severinsen, and Kai Winding. FROM THE EARLY FIFTIES to the mid-Sixties, he was an active performer, working with George Duvivier on bass and Ed Shaughnessy on drums in Dave Garroway's "Today Show" studio band. He also played with the extraordinary pianist Hank Jones when they both worked in the NBC and CBS orchestras of the early Fifties. After seventeen years at NBC as a guitarist and arranger, Lowe was transferred to the News and Special Events Department to work as a composer. MUNDELL MOVED TO LOS ANGELES, California, Christmas 1965-actually, he left to visit some friends, and never went back to New York! He met Jackie Cooper, then-head of Screen Gems, and began the West Coast phase of his career composing music for some of their television and film properties. Lowe augmented his TV and film work with making his own LPs as well as two successful projects with noted singers Sarah Vaughan ('After Hours") and Carmen McRae ('Bittersweet"). EVEN THOUGH HE HAD made special appearances with Peggy Lee and the White House, toured Japan with Benny Carter several times, and was a regular performer at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Mundell found he was spending more time writing than playing, which he found frustrating. He made up his mind to turn that around and, during the 1980s, he stepped out of the studio world of film and television and returned to performing, the first love of his long and rich musical career. MUNDELL'S CURRENT SCHEDULE is no less active. In the last few years he has traveled the globe as a concert performer, worked the States with his own quintet, and has made several trips to New York to work with Ron Carter, Al Foster, Bill Mays, and Ray Drummond. He tours with the André Previn Trio (composed of Previn, the late Ray Brown, and Lowe), as well as the Great Guitars with the late Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, and Tal Farlow. Mundell also has been busy in recording studios lately, having recorded two albums for Telarc with the André Previn Trio, one for Phillips with Kiri Te Kanawa, and two albums for Fresh Sounds with Teté Montoliu. Biography of Jim Ferguson JAZZ VOCALIST/BASSIST JIM FERGUSON was born in Jefferson City, Missouri. His father was the music director in a large church in Columbia, South Carolina, so Jim's training began like that of many jazz performers - at church. Jim sang in the children's choir at four years old and also began piano lessons with the church organist. Singing was his main musical focus through high school, but just before graduation, Jim bought his first string bass. IN 1969 JIM ENROLLED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA to study voice. Graduate assistant George Naff started Jim playing walking bass lines. He received further tutelage from trumpeter Johnny Helms and guitarist Terry Rosen, veterans of the Woody Herman and Sammy Davis orchestras, respectively. Songwriter/pianist Loonis McGlohon hired Jim around 1978 to play bass for NPR's, "The American Popular Singer", with Eileen Farrell. Jim performed with Joe Williams, Marlene VerPlanck, Maxine Sullivan, David Allyn, and Julius LaRosa, as well as Bonnie Herman and Gene Puerling of The Singers Unlimited, and pianist, Marian McPartland. IN 1979 JIM BEGAN LESSONS WITH MICHAEL MOORE IN NEW YORK CITY. Then Chuck Israels introduced Jim to Red Mitchell who had just returned to the United States after twelve years in Sweden. Jim spent many subsequent nights in an unofficial "graduate school" with Red at Bradley's in Greenwich Village. RETURNING TO SOUTH CAROLINA IN 1980 to complete his undergraduate work and a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Jazz Performance, Jim met a young saxophonist named Chris Potter who had begun sitting in with local jazz groups. He already played well, though he was still very young. AFTER GRADUATION, JIM MOVED TO NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. He has been active in Nashville's country music industry as a background vocalist and/or bassist on recordings and television programs. Jim has worked with hundreds of country artists including Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, and Willie Nelson. JIM HAS PERFORMED WITH A VARIETY OF JAZZ ARTISTS. These include Teddy Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Lenny Breau, Cal Collins, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Armen Donelian, Bill Kirchner, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Raney, The HiLo's, Jay McShann, Conti Candoli, Gene Bertoncini, Attila Zoller, Steve Allen, Benny Goodman, Marian McPartland, and Mose Allison. Jim has recorded with Stephane Grappelli, Martin Taylor, Bill Mays, Al Jarreau, Chris Potter, Stephan Karlsson, Pat Coil, Jim White, Bob Shepherd, Scott Robinson, Jamey Simmons, Lorne Lofsky, Lenny Breau, Howard Alden, Richard Sudhalter, Barbara Lea, Bob Dorough, Joe Williams and Teresa Brewer. JIM HAS APPEARED AT JAZZ FESTIVALS with Clark Terry, Red Rodney, Nat Adderly, Ken Waters, Richard Sudhalter, Jimmy McPartland, Jimmy Heath, Tommy Newsom, Lew Tabackin, Arnie Lawrence, Chris Potter, Ira Sullivan, Eddie Daniels, Nick Brignola, Bill Watrous, Urbie Green, Bucky Pizzarelli and John Pizzarelli, Jr., Charlie Byrd, Mundell Lowe, Derek Smith, Ross Tompkins, Don Thompson, Ed Soph, Harold Jones, Bernard Purdie, Bill Goodwin, Louie Bellson, Barbara Lea, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, and Johnny Frigo. IN 1996, Jim asked saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Pat Coil, and drummer Jim White to work with him on his first CD project, "Not Just Another Pretty Bass" (AL 73160). In 1997 jazz artist Bill Kirchner brought Jim's project to the attention of Anne de Jong and Challenge Records in Holland. "Not Just Another Pretty Bass" was released on June 1, 1999. IN APRIL OF 2000, Chris Potter, Jim White, and pianist Stefan Karlsson joined Jim to record "Deep Summer Music" (AL 73201), Jim's second CD release for Challenge/A-Records, released October 17, 2000. JIM AND THE LEGENDARY GUITARIST, MUNDELL LOWE have just released their new recording, "Haunted Heart". Jim and Mundell will be touring soon in support of this new release. Jim has been interviewed by Bob Edwards for NPR's "Morning Edition" and again for the Bob Edwards Show on XM Radio. He has been the featured guest on "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz", and he has been included in an episode of NPR's "Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson". Jim has been listed in Marquis' Who's Who In Entertainment since it's first edition in 1989. Jim has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists since 1985. He has served three terms as a National Vice President of AFTRA and three terms as President of the Nashville Local of AFTRA. He currently serves as Chairperson of AFTRA's National Singer's Caucus. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists. He has performed for the Society's last four Conventions, this year in Oklahoma City with Mundell Lowe. Jim has served as instructor of Jazz Bass and Jazz Voice at Middle Tennessee State University since 1998.
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