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Born in 1950 in Hollywood, Glenn Ferris started classical trombone in Los Angeles. From 1964, in addition to his classical studies, he studied the theory of jazz improvisation with Don Ellis. At the age of 16 Glenn Ferris started performing with the prestigious Don Ellis Big Band as well as performing and recording with other musical formations. The group ‘Revival’ was co-founded with Glenn and trumpeter-composer Jack Walrath. And then Glenn Ferris put together the ‘Celebration Orchestra’, which featured some of the most creative musicians in Los Angeles.
Besides creating his own groups, Glenn Ferris was in demand by major artists to perform and be featured soloist in their groups. Among them : Frank Zappa, Don Ellis, Tim Buckley Harry James, Billy Cobham, Bobby Bradford. Glenn Ferris performed and recorded with such artists as George Duke, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, John Scofield, Art Pepper,…
In Europe, he performed and recorded with the Azur Quartet (Quintet) of Henri Texier, the Collective Palatino Quartet, Michel Petrucciani, Quincy Jones, Archie Shepp, , Philly Joe Jones, Steve Lacy, Enrico Rava, Martial Solal, Louis Sclavis, Michel Portal, the Collective‘ Bex - Ferris and Goubert « (BFG), Stéphane & Lionel Belmondo, Ricardo Del Fra, Thierry Lang, the ‘Glenn Ferris Trio’ , the Glenn Ferris ‘Chrominance’ Trio, ‘Pentessence’ Quintet and the Ferris ‘Wheel’ Trio. Since 2000, Glenn Ferris is professor in the jazz department at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.