Sherman Ferguson

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Sherman Ferguson
Background information
Birth nameSherman Eugene Ferguson
Born(1944-10-31)October 31, 1944
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedJanuary 22, 2006(2006-01-22) (aged 61)
La Crescenta, California
Occupation(s)Musician, writer
Years active1960s–2000s
LabelsITI, Muse
Drummer Sherman Ferguson with guitarist Kenny Burrell and bassist John Heard in Los Angeles, California, 1984

Sherman Eugene Ferguson (October 31, 1944 – 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 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.[6] He released the album Welcome to My Vision, on his own label Jazz-a-nance in 2002.[6] 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.[8]

On January 22, 2006, Ferguson died at his La Crescenta home aged 61. The death was a result of diabetes.[2]


As leader[edit]

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

With Catalyst

As sideman[edit]

With Kenny Burrell

With George Cables

With Benny Carter

With Warne Marsh

With Pat Martino

With Tete Montoliu

With Pharoah Sanders

With Bud Shank


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