glenn ferris was born in los angeles and played with don ellis when he was only 16. in addition to frank zappa, he also played with stevie wonder, dave frishberg, billy cobham, steve lacy, manu dibango, louis sclavis, michel portal and is currently a member of the group palatino.
although he did not appear on the grand wazoo album, glenn ferris was a member of the grand and petit wazoo tours of 1972, and also of the 1975 incarnation of the abnuceals emuukha electric symphony orchestra. since he performed at the royce hall shows of sept 17-18th 1975, that would mean he appears uncredited (along with the rest of the '75 aeeso) on the orchestral favorites album, läther, and perhaps a few compilations using those tracks.
Glenn Ferris toured with Billy Cobham in 1975.
In 2003, Glenn Ferris performed on French band LeBocal's "Oh No" album, a Zappa tribute.
June to September 2011, Glenn Ferris toured with Stéphane Belmondo, Cecil McBee, Baptiste Trotignon, Jean-Jacques Quesada, Billy Hart, Manuel Rocheman, Jean Tousaint and Kirk Lightsey as part of a Jazz & Wine tour.
charles ulrich has compiled the pet names that frank referred to glenn as
during the wazoo tours:
"glenn with two ns ferris" (fz, 9/16/72)
"direct from carnaby street, glenn with two ns ferris" (fz, 9/22/72)
"mr. dynamic, the hardest-working trombone player in the halloween mask business, glenn ferris" (fz, 10/31/72 late)
"glenn 'hava nagila' ferris" (fz, 12/2/72 late)
(these are from the planet of my dreams site.)
(all credits are for trombone unless otherwise noted)
|frank zappa: imaginary diseases
(2006, cd, usa, zappa records)
|frank zappa: wazoo
(2007, 2cd, usa, vaulternative records)
|frank zappa: one shot deal
(2008, cd, usa, zappa records)
|bradford, dresser & ferris: live in l.a.
(2011 cd, usa, ??) - recorded at tom fowler's house
|June to September 2011, Glenn Ferris
toured with Stéphane Belmondo, Cecil McBee, Baptiste Trotignon,
Jean-Jacques Quesada, Billy Hart, Manuel Rocheman,
Jean Tousaint and Kirk Lightsey as part of a Jazz &
info & picture: Jan van Kemenade