Sherman Ferguson

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Sherman Ferguson
Also known as I spouse = Anni Wall- Ferguson
Born October 31, 1944
Died January 22, 2006
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Jazz musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1960s - 2000s
Labels ITI Records, Muse Records
Associated acts Catalyst
Heard Ranier Ferguson
Sherman Ferguson
Sherman Ferguson - UCLA News

Sherman Ferguson (October 31, 1944, Philadelphia – January 22, 2006) was an American jazz drummer. For a time he was a member of the Jazz trio Heard Ranier Ferguson.[1]


Ferguson once said that when people asked him what he did, he'd tell them he wouldn't tell them he was a musician, he'd say he was a jazz musician. He said he was proud of it and he would wear it as a statement on his forehead if he could.[2]

He also wrote liner notes and was a contributing writer. He wrote liner notes and articles for jazz magazines such as Bird and L.A. Jazz Scene.[3][4]

Ferguson first played professionally around 1963, working with Charles Earland, Shirley Scott, Don Patterson, and Groove Holmes. he also recorded frequently with Pat Martino.[5] Concomitantly he worked as a child tutor for the Model Cities program in Philadelphia. He was a founding member of Catalyst, a jazz fusion ensemble, in 1970, remaining with them until their breakup. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he became a prolific session musician, playing on albums by Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, and Benny Carter among many others.[6] He formed a trio with John Heard and Tom Ranier.[7] He taught jazz theory at UCLA, UC-Irvine, and Jackson State University.[8] He released the album Welcome to My Vision, on his own label Jazz-a-nance in 2002.[9] Among the tracks on the album were "Lush Life", "Lester Left Town" and Bobby Watson's "Monk He See, Monk He Do". The band comprised Ferguson on drums, saxophonists Louis Van Taylor and Carl Randall and bassist Trevor Ware.[10]

On January 22, 2006, Ferguson died at his La Crescenta home aged 61. The death was a result of diabetes.[11]


As leader[edit]

  • Sherman Ferguson's Jazz Union - Welcome to My Vision

As credited member[edit]

  • Catalyst - Catalyst - Cobblestone – CST 9018 (1972) [12]
  • Catalyst - Perception - Muse Records – MR 5025 (1973) [13]
  • Catalyst - Unity - Muse Records – MR 5042 (1974) [14]
  • Catalyst - A Tear And A Smile - Muse Records – MR 5069 (1976) [15]
  • Heard Ranier Ferguson - ITI Records – JL 003 - 1983 [16]

as sideman[edit]

With Kenny Burrell

With Warne Marsh

With Pat Martino

With Tete Montoliu

With Bud Shank


Further reading[edit]


References II[edit]