Maynard Ferguson Tour Date Archive – MFTourDates.NET

1973 Tour Dates

Thanks to Ernie Garside for the loan of his tour calendars, which were used to put this page together.  Also used were an MF newsletter for the spring of ’73, various audience recordings, and issues of Downbeat Magazine.   Specific dates are noted when sources disagreed.  Dates are still incomplete and/or tentative for March-April and July-August.  Any information or corrections would be appreciated!

Promo Photo circa 1973

Promo Photo – MF with McLean Stevenson

January
1/9 – 10 Recording for CBS
1/11 Nottingham Palais, UK
1/15 Recording for CBS (possibly the sessions for MF Horn 3)
1/16 Leave for Italy
1/16 – 30 Italy

February
2/7 Leave for USA
2/10 Reading, PA  Stokesay Castle  ARTICLE
2/11 Baltimore, MD

1st Set
Blue Birdland
Give it One
Nice “N” Juicy
Theme From The Valachi Papers
Airegin
El-Dopa
Blue Birdland
2nd Set
Maria
Theme From Shaft
Alright Alright
‘Round Midnight
One For Otis
Macarthur Park
Mother
Fox Hunt
Country Road
Blue Birdland

2/12 Elizabethtown, PA (per newsletter)  ARTICLE
2/12 Abington, PA (or MA?) – Abington High School (per article which said January 12, most likely correct)
2/13 Willow Grove, PA
2/14 Eynon, PA –  Weldwood(?)
2/15 Newton Square, PA –  Marple-Newton High School   ARTICLE
2/16 – 18 Cheswick, PA
2/20 Cincinnati, OH
2/22 Lyndhurst, OH
2/23 Livonia, MI – Clarenceville HS
2/25 , Milwaukee, WI – Alverno College  Photo by John Pike
2/26 Rolling Meadows High School, IL(per 1/17/73 Oak Park Oak Leaves article)
2/28 Stillwater, MN

Early March: Southwest and West coast (per newsletter)

March
3/1 & 2 No information
3/3 Des Moines, IA – Drake University @ Dowling HS Gymnasium  ARTICLE
3/4 Kansas City, MO
3/(5th or 6th?) St. Louis, MO  Cleveland HS

partial recording:
Nice ‘n’ Juicy

3/6 No information
3/7 Natchitoches, LA –  Northwestern State University   ARTICLE

Give it One
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Two For Otis
El-Dopa
Nice “N” Juicy
Theme from Shaft
The Fox Hunt
Hey Jude
Macarthur Park

3/9 Houston, TX
3/10-12 No information
3/13 Phoenix, AZ –  South Mountain High School (per 3/3/73 Arizona Republic article)
3/14-15 no info
3/16 Corona, CA – Corona High School

“Striped Shirt DVD” (mislabeled as 1972)
Blue Birdland
Give It One
Nice ‘n’ Juicy
Love Theme from Valachi Papers
L-Dopa
Blue Birdland
Maria (partial)
Theme from Shaft
The Fox Hunt
MacArthur Park

3/17 Costa Mesa, CA – Orange Coast Community College      TICKET

Set I
Blue Birdland
Give It One
Nice N Juicy
L-Dopa
Set 2
Awright, Awright
Love Theme from the Valachi Papers
Shaft
Fox Hunt
MacArthur Park

3/18 N. Hollywood, CA – Donte’s (best guess is a single date here based on 3/30/73 article by Leonard Feather)
3/19 Hayward, CA – Chabot College

Set I
Blue Birdland
Give It One
Nice N Juicy
L-Dopa
Set 2
Awright, Awright
Love Theme from the Valachi Papers
Shaft
Fox Hunt
MacArthur Park
Blue Birdland
Give It One
Nice ‘n’ Juicy
Love Theme from ‘Valachi Papers’
El Dopa
MacArthur Park
Hey Jude

3/20 San Leandro, CA  San Leandro High School (near Oakland)

Blue Birdland
Give It one
Nice ‘n’ Juicy
Love Theme from ‘Valachi Papers’
El Dopa
MacArthur Park
Hey Jude

3/21 Cupertino, CA (near San Jose)
3/22 San Francisco, CA  Great American Music Hall (date is best guess based on surrounding shows)
Quasi-bootleg CDs, Live at the Great American Music Hall vol 1 & 2

Set I
Blue Birdland (likely played, but not on CD)
Give It One (likely played, but not on CD)
Mother
El Dopa
Blue Birdland
Set II
Maria
Nice ‘n’ Juicy
Round Midnight
The Fox Hunt
MacArthur park
Blue Birdland
Set 3
Blue Birdland
Take the ‘A’ Train
All Right, All Right
Country Road
Hey Jude

3/23 Seattle, WA  Shoreline Community College

Set I
Blue Birdland
Give It One
Nice N Juicy
Valachi Papers
L-Dopa
Blue Birdland
Set 2
Maria
Fox hunt
MacArthur Park

3/24 Hudson Bay HS, Vancouver, WA

Set I
Blue Birdland
Give It One
Nice N Juicy
Valachi Papers
L-Dopa
Blue Birdland
Set 2
Maria
Shaft
Airegin
MacArthur Park
Blue Birdland

3/25 No info available
3/26 Grand Junction, CO
3/27 Denver, CO
3/28 – 30 No info available
3/31 Hays, KS  Fort Hays State College, Hays and Sheridan Coliseum   ARTICLE

April dates are in Midwest and East per newsletter
April dates below are from 4.12.73 issue of Downbeat unless noted.

April
4/1 Wichita, KS
4/2 Springfield, MO
4/3 Alton, IL  West Junior High School   ARTICLE
4/4 Keokuk, Iowa   Keokuk High School   (Thanks to Jim Loehrke for the corrected venue!)
4/5 Milwaukee, WI
4/7 Philadelphia, PA  Walnut St. Theatre   ARTICLE
4/8 Peters Twp, PA
4/9 Rochester, NY
4/10 Buffalo, NY
4/11 Langhorn, PA
4/12 Easton, PA (per Downbeat)
4/16 – 22 Boston, MA (Downbeat & newsletter agree)
4/23 Canton, MA
4/24 Bridgewater, MA
4/25 Villanova, PA
4/26 Bridgewater, NJ
4/27 Pottstown, PA
4/29 Little Falls, NY  Little Falls Hs (per MF radio interview on Youtube video, mislabeled as 1972)

MF: “We just finished a tour of Italy before we went into London and did our new Columbia album, MF Horn 3, because we do most of our recording
from London.  Then we began our American tour on February 10.  It started out in the New York area and then went down into Texas and all the
way across to California, and we played Hollywood and San Francisco, and straight up the West coast and into Vancouver, British Columbia and
Canada of course.  And so this is the first tour with the international band that I now have, and we’ve toured almost the entire country.”

4/30 Rochester, NY

“Live 1973” Recording from this period, unknown date and venue
Left Bank Express
Nice ‘n Juicy
Country Road
Round Midnight
Go East, Young Man
MacArthur Park
The Fox Hunt
All Right, All Right
I Can’t Get Started
Got the Spirit
Hey Jude

May
5/1 Return to England (per downbeat)
5/16 Wigan, England
5/22 Southampton, England
5/24 London, England  100 Club

June:   ARTICLE    ARTICLE   ARTICLE
Note – the exact start date of the Summer ’73 tour is unknown. Ernie Garside’s calendar has 7/1 indicated,
while Downbeat lists it as “on or about 6/28.  Dates between 6/24 & 7/1 are tentative.)

6/24 MF has wisdom tooth surgery, putting him out of action.
Horsham, PA  Blair Mill Inn  (Per 7/23 article, MF’s wisdom teeth force Biviano to play MF’s part)   They also played this venue on 9/30.
6/27 Letter from dentist   Page 2
6/28 No information
6/29 No information
6/30 No information

According to Bob Summers in “Maynard!”, they also played at the Newport Jazz Festival during this period, though MF is not listed in the lineup.

July  ARTICLE
7/1 No information
7/2 NY, NY  Jimmy’s (per Downbeat & Jimmy’s liner notes) MF fronts the band with guests, including Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Lew Soloff, etc.
7/3 NY, NY  Jimmy’s
7/4 NY, NY  Jimmy’s
7/5 NY, NY  Jimmy’s (MF plays ‘I Can’t Get Started’, per Lost Tapes CD)
7/6 NY, NY  Jimmy’s
7/7 NY, NY  Jimmy’s
7/8 Baltimore, MD – The Famous Ballroom – 1717 N. Charles (MF plays first full gig, per Lost Tapes)
Date/venue confirmed by Downbeat & Poster
7/9 Boston, MA (per Bob Summers in “Maynard!” book)  (Live at Jimmy’s liner notes say “upstate, NY”)
7/10 (a.m.) Jimmy’s, NYC / Live recording session
Live at Jimmy’s album:   Story from Rick Petrone (Facebook)

Teonova
MacArthur Park
Left Bank Express
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Two For Otis
Stay Loose With Bruce
Nice ‘N’ Juicy
The Fox Hunt
Got The Spirit
Blue Birdland

7/10 (p.m.) Somerville, New Jersey  (per Bob Summers & Downbeat)

There is a recording from Jimmy’s other than the album performance, exact date unknown.

Give It One
Valachi Papers
Maria
Airegin
Take The A Train
Danny Boy
Round Midnight
Got The Spirit
MacArthur Park
Teonova
Go East Young Man
Two For Otis
The Fox Hunt
Blue Birdland

7/12 Scranton, PA
7/13 Reading, PA
7/14 Clay, NY
7/15 Buffalo, NY
7/16 Rochester, NY
7/17 Rochester, NY
7/18 Moira, NY
7/19 Inlet, NY
7/21 Springfield, PA  Alpine Inn (per 7/23 Biviano article)
7/22-23 No information
7/24 Washington, DC
7/25 Edindoro, PA
7/26 Norton, OH
7/27 Russell’s Point, OH
7/28 Grove City, OH

August
8/1 St. Louis, MO
8/2 Omaha, NE
8/3 Evergreen, CO
8/4 Concorde, CA
8/5  – 7  No information
8/8 & 8/9 North Hollywood, CA –  Donte’s

(2 nights, recording is from first night)
Blue Birdland
Give It One
Introductions
Nice N Juicy
Love Theme From The Valachi Papers
Two For Otis
Round Midnight
MacArthur Park
Maria
Left Bank Express
Teonova
Blue Birdland

8/13 Denver, CO Nat’l Trpt Symposium (Trumpet section clinic)
8/14 Denver, CO Nat’l Trpt Symposium (open rehearsal and concert)

Rehearsal:
Give It One
MASH
SOMF
Go East, Young Man
[Q & A]

Concert:
Set 1
Blue Birdland
Give it One
Nice ‘n’ Juicy
Bridge Over Troubled Water
MacArthur Park
Blue Birdland
Set 2
Maria Intro
Left Bank Express
Two For Otis
Love Theme from Valachi Papers
The Fox Hunt
Got the Spirit
Hey Jude

 

8/?? North Hollywood, CA  Donte’s
No info for remaining August dates
8/19 US tour ends per Ernie Garside’s calendar
8/23 MF held up in bank robbery at Croydon Hotel, NYC   ARTICLE

FALL PRESS RELEASE

September
9/18 Philadelphia, PA  (Band arrives to prep for tour, Stan Mark joins the band)
9/19 Rehearsals
(US tour begins per Ernie Garside’s diary; remaining ’73 dates are from his diary except as noted.)
9/20 Springfield, PA  Alpine Inn (per online article 9.19.73 Delaware County Daily Times)
“Ferguson’s band drew some 900 persons to the Inn at its first engagement in July.”
9/21 Rockaway, NJ  Morris Hills High School
9/22 Kutztown, PA  State College (incl. MF w/ marching band)
9/23 Bridgeport, CT  University of Bridgeport
9/24 Princeton, NJ  Princeton High School (canceled)
9/25 Carlisle, PA  Carlisle High School
9/26 Eynon, PA  Weldwood Lounge
9/27 Hiram, OH  Hiram College
9/28 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada  Hamilton Place   Poster
9/29 Mansfield, PA  Mansfield State College
9/30 Hatboro, PA  Blair Mill Inn

October
10/1 Media, PA  Penncrest High School
10/2 West Peabody, MA  Holiday Inn
10/3 Bethlehem, PA  Moravian College (Per article, Bus race w/ Kenton, Boston to NYC, possibly on 10/2?)

Partial Recording:
Blue Birdland
Give It One
Country Road
Nice and Juicy
Two for Tea
Bridge Over Troubled Water
L-Dopa
Maria
Theme from Shaft
Eli’s Comin’

10/4 Canandaigua, NY  Community College of Tiger Lakes
10/5 Brockport, NY  State University of New York
10/6 Ashland, OH
10/7 Parma, OH  Parma Senior High School
10/8 West Lafayette, IN  Purdue University    POSTER
10/9 Wausau, WI  University of Wisconsin
10/10 St. Paul, MN  Prom Center
10/11 Fargo, ND  North Dakota State College
10/12 Sioux City, IA  Morningside College
10/13 Winfield, KS  Southwestern College
10/14 Topeka, KS  Washburn University
10/15 Springfield, MO  Drury College
10/16 Murray, Kentucky
10/17 Athens, GA  Clark Central High School
10/18 – 19 Boone, NC  Appalachian University
10/20 Bethany, WV  Bethany College
10/21 Towson, MD
10/22 Bethesda, MD  Walk Whitman High School
10/23 Bristol, VA  Virginia Intermont College
10/24 Richmond, VA  J.R. Tucker High School
10/25 Pittsburgh, PA  Duquesne University
10/26 Mount Summit, IN  Blue River Valley High School
10/27 Chicago, IL  McCormick Place
10/28 St. Louis, MO  Grant’s Cabin

Partial recording:
Blue Birdland
Give It One
Nice and Juicy
Left Bank Express
Bridge Over Trouble Water
The Fox Hunt
Theme From Shaft
Country Road
MacArthur Park
Round Midnight

10/29 LaSalle, IL
10/30 Wauwatosa, WI  Wauwatosa West High School
10/31 DeKalb, IL  Northern Illinois University

November
11/1 Lamoni, IA
11/2 Cedar Falls, IA
11/3 Milwaukee, WI  University of Wisconsin
11/4 Houghton, MI  Michigan Tech University
11/5 Oshkosh, WI  Civic Auditorium
11/6 Stevens Point, WI  University of Wisconsin
11/7 De Pere, WI  St. Norbert College
11/8 Kenosha, WI  University of Wisconsin
11/9 Elmhurst, IL  Elmhurst College
11/10 – 11 Livonia, MI  Clarenceville High School
11/12  Norton, OH  Brown Derby
11/13 Cleveland Heights, OH  Cleveland Heights High School (EG diary only)
11/14 Oil City, PA  Oil City High School   ARTICLE
11/15 Eynon, PA  Weldwood (EG diary only)
11/16 Reading, PA  Stokesay Castle
11/17 New Brunswick, NJ (EG diary only)
11/18 Baltimore, MD  Famous Door
11/19 Slippery Rock, PA  Slippery Rock State College  ARTICLE
11/20 Somerville, NJ  Watchung View Inn
11/21 Toronto, Ontario, Canada  Four Seasons
11/22 Montreal, Quebec, Canada  Place des Arts
11/23 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  National Arts Center    AD
11/24 Willowdale, Ontario, Canada (EG’s diary only)
11/25 Moira, NY  Crossroads Restaurant
11/26 Herkimer, NY  (Nov ’73 Downbeat lists this as Bennington, VT, but EG crossed it out)
11/27 Waltham, MA  Robinson High School
11/28 West Peabody, MA  Holiday Inn
11/29 Warminster, PA (EG diary only)
11/30 Chadds Ford, PA (per Downbeat and EG diary)

December
12/1 Trenton, NJ  War Memorial (Tour ends)
12/2 Fly home
12/6 – 8 Holland (MF solo)
12/11 Repton School, UK (Possibly Ernie Garside with no MF?)

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