“Mark Ferguson has over twenty years of experience in the music industry, working as a pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator.
He has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Rosemary Clooney, Carol Channing, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Mark also tours regularly with the Funk Brothers of Standing in the Shadow of Motown fame.” (Mark Ferguson, www.markferguson.ca)
Holly Larocque and the Mark Ferguson Orchestra
The New Voice of Swing
“Holly Larocque and the Mark Ferguson Orchestra have established themselves as today’s foremost interpreters of swing. Holly Larocque’s unique vocal stylings couple with the singular Mark Ferguson sound to create a fresh, new interpretation of jazz’s most universally appealing form. Together Holly, Mark, and the thirteen piece orchestra represent the true return of a true big band, sweeping audiences of all ages along with them.
NOTE: Mark is standing directly left of Holly
Their Big Band Broadcast playfully adopts the classic format of radio broadcasts from starlit ballrooms complete with engaging Radio Announcer to guide listeners through a range of tunes from the big band era, along with a few novelties, surprises, and “words from our sponsors” along the way. The most glamorous elements of the swing era are given new life through Miss Larocque’s gowns and jewels, as well as some very innovative band choreography for which the Mark Ferguson Orchestra has quickly become famous!
The Big Band Broadcast Starring Holly Larocque and the Mark Ferguson Orchestra premiered at Canada’s National Arts Centre and has been touring internationally since then. Their Holiday Swing Concert delights audiences throughout North America during the Christmas season. In 2006 their first television special aired on the CBC Network. Holly Larocque and the Mark Ferguson Orchestra have taken their rightful place as “The New Voice of Swing”.” (Holly Larocque, www.hollylarocque.com, www.cdbaby.com/cd/hollylarocque)
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