The Four Freshman – Premier vocal group

 

For many music enthusiasts, The Four
Freshmen need no introduction. Starting as
college students in 1948, the young group won
fame with their renditions of “Graduation Day,”
“Poinciana,” “Day by Day” and “It’s a Blue
World.” Stan Kenton played a major role in
advancing the early career of The Four
Freshmen, and their unique sound strongly
influenced other vocal groups, such as Manhattan
Transfer, Take 6 and the Beach Boys.
Now, more than 65 years later, the names and faces have changed a
few times, but the harmony and legendary sound of The Four Freshmen
continue to fascinate audiences worldwide.
Today’s Four Freshmen ensemble is considered by many to be the
greatest jazz vocal group of all time. The current quartet consists of
highly educated, musically diverse young men who provide their own
accompaniment. They not only preserve The Freshmen sound, they
enhance it with their youth, vitality and talent, giving new treatments to
the Great American Songbook. They continue to tour worldwide with
sold-out audiences, sharing their unique brand of magnetism, stage
presence and approach to The Four Freshmen standards.
Bob Ferreira
Bob Ferreira began playing drums
and singing in high school, and it wasn’t
long before music went from hobby to
passion. He joined The Four Freshmen in
August, 1992 after being recommended to
audition by his music teacher and former
Freshmen member, Kirk Marcy.
Although Bob grew up in an age where
hard rock, ‘80s pop and heavy metal ruled
the airwaves, he never forgot his early
inspirations. The songs of the greats of the
‘50s and ‘60s, like Frankie Laine, Nat King
Cole, Peggy Lee and Julie London, filled his
household and left a soft spot in his heart
for the timeless standards of “The Great
American Songbook.”
Bob’s tenure with the Freshmen has brought
him to experience countless performances in
all 50 US states and multiple countries. Bob
has also contributed to 9 recordings with the
Freshmen.
When Bob is not on the road with the guys,
he enjoys playing with local Las Vegas
musicians and relaxing with friends and
family.
Brian Eichenberger
 was raised in Apple Valley, Minnesota and was introduced
to jazz harmonies with his high school vocal
group. He studied harmony at Phil Mattson’s
School for Music Vocations in Creston, Iowa.
He joined The Four Freshmen in 1996 at
the age of 19 as a bass player/second part
singer, later switching to the top part and
playing some guitar along the way. He is
one of only three lead singers in the
Freshmen’s history.
Brian currently sings the melody, plays bass
and is the chief vocal arranger and musical
director for The Four Freshmen.
Off the road, Brian works as a songwriter
and producer in his home studio. He enjoys
jogging, ping pong, juggling and general
computer-audio nerdery. He lives in Las
Vegas with his wife, daughter and four
neurotic cats.
Curtis Calderon
Curtis Calderon was born and raised in
San Antonio, Texas and started the trumpet
at age 11. His love for music got him
playing gigs at an early age, becoming a
part-time musician by the time he was just
a junior in high school. He won first chair in
the Texas All-State Jazz band his senior year.
After graduating, Curtis traveled throughout
the world with various big bands including
the Hoagy Carmichael Centennial band.
He was featured on a PBS video with the
modern day Glenn Miller Orchestra when he was 21.
Curtis joined The Four Freshmen in 2001
and has never looked back. He loves touring
and playing for audiences around the US
and world. He sings the 3rd voice with the
Freshmen and plays trumpet and Flugelhorn.
In his free time, Curtis performs at jazz clubs
around the San Antonio area.
Stein Malvey
Stein Malvey began his musical
journey at age four, studying piano at St.
Olaf College in his hometown of Northfield,
Minnesota. Growing restless with classical
repertoire, he discovered guitar at age 12,
and fell in love. Just two years later he was
playing guitar professionally. He graduated
with a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar
performance from Lawrence University
Conservatory of Music. Stein spent years in
both the New York and Minneapolis music
scenes, recording and touring with groups
in many genres: rock, pop, R&B, soul, funk,
jazz, country, classical and avant garde.
Stein has toured across the US and Canada
and performed on radio and television, in
all kinds of music clubs, and at festivals
for audiences as large as 15,000. He
sings the 2nd part and plays guitar for
The Four Freshmen.
Song List
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Angel Eyes
Charmaine
Cold, Cold Heart
Day by Day
Day In, Day Out
Give Me the Simple Life
Graduation Day
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
If I Only Had a Brain
I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
It Could Happen to You
It’s a Blue World
Just a Gigolo
Let It Snow
Now You Know
Only Trust Your Heart
Pick Up Your Tears
Poinciana
Rain
Route 66
Snowfall
Stardust
Surfer Girl
The Day Isn’t Long Enough
Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
There Will Never Be Another You
Whole Wide World
Winter Wonderland
You Stepped Out of a Dream
Songbook
sample of current songs performed
by The Four Freshmen are:
Awards
The Four Freshmen style has been
responsible for over 50 albums, 70
top selling singles and six Grammy
nominations. Voted as Downbeat
Magazine’s Vocal Group of the Year
in 2000 and 2001 as well as Vocal
Group of the Year for 2007 by Jazz
Times magazine, they received the
acclaimed “Satchmo” award in 2010
from the Sarasota Jazz Club and were presented with a star on the Palm
Springs Walk of Stars in 2013, sponsored by H. William Brown, PhD.
• The Four Freshmen sound is unique, and so is the Four
Freshmen Society (FFS), a fan-based support group
encompassing the United States, Canada, Europe and
Japan. Although the FFS does not manage engagements,
it supports the vocalists in many other ways. Membership
in the FFS is a great way to keep the sound alive for new
generations. Members receive the quarterly Fresh News
newsletter, with up-to-date information on the group’s
performance calendar and activities. The FFS also holds an
annual convention with three nights of extraordinary jazz
to share with other Freshmen fans from around the world.
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