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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