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  • Mary Fettig (2005)

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    Mary Fettig was born in San Francisco, and raised in the suburb of Concord. Her earliest musical training was on marimba, and she moved on to clarinet, sax and flute in her school bands. She was fortunate to have a great music program in her high school, Ygnacio Valley High, in Concord. The jazz band, under the direction of Bill Burke, was the first group to win the Monterey Jazz Festival high school competition in 1971. Her band teacher, a big fan of Stan Kenton, secured a scholarship to the Stan Kenton camp in Redlands for Mary, and the rest is history.

    After 2 years at UCLA, Mary joined the Stan Kenton group as the first woman to play in the band. From there, she has made her way in the music business as a performer, teacher, and clinician. Besides Stan Kenton, she has toured with Flora Purim and Airto, Marian McPartland, Tito Puente, Toninho Horta, Joe Henderson and numerous short tours with celebrity acts. She has performed at many jazz festivals, including Concord, San Francisco, Monterey, Playboy, Hollywood Bowl, Mt. Hood, Chicago, Detroit, Mobile, world's first Women's Jazz Festival in Kansas City, Buffalo, Montreaux, and North Sea.

    She resides in the San Francisco bay area, and maintains a busy teaching, recording and performing schedule. She is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Charlie Parker Bird's Best Bop on Verve K.C. Blues (Verve)
    # 2 Cannonball Adderley Cannonball and Coltrane Limehouse Blues (EmArcy)
    # 3 Stan Kenton New Concerpt of Artistry in Rhythm Prologue (This Is an Orchestra!) (Capitol)
    # 4 Claude Debussy Jean-Pierre Rampal, "Flute and Harp" Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (Erato)
    # 5 Hubert Laws The Rite of Spring The Rite of Spring (CTI)
    # 6 Bill Evans and Tony Bennett The Bill Evans-Tony Bennett Album Waltz for Debby (Fantasy)
    # 7 Chick Corea featuring Flora Purim Light As a Feather You're Everything (Polydor)
    # 8 Toninho Horta Diamond Land Mountain Flight (Verve Forecast)
    Book Portuguese language books.
    Luxury Item A radio to pick up NPR programs.
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