Adjunct Professor, Bass/Jazz Voice
In 1996 Ferguson asked Chris Potter, pianist Pat Coil, and drummer Jim White to work with him on his first CD project, "Not Just Another Pretty Bass"; (AL 73160). In 1997 jazz artist Bill Kirchner brought Jim's project to the attention of Anne de Jong and Challenge Records in Holland. "Not Just Another Pretty Bass"; was released on June 1, 1999.
Chris Potter, Jim White, and pianist Stefan Karlsson joined Jim in April of 2000 to record "Deep Summer Music"; (AL 73201), his second CD release for Challenge/A-Records released October 17, 2000.
Ferguson has been interviewed by Bob Edwards on NPR's "Morning Edition";. He has been the featured guest on "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz";. He has also been included on NPR's "Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson"; in an episode on singing instrumentalists.
Ferguson says that he chooses songs with strong melodies and interesting lyrics, believing that lyrics associated with a song's melody makes improvisation on that melody accessible to a wider audience. According to Ferguson, his intent has been to present jazz improvisation as an equal element of his recordings, not merely accompaniment for his vocals.
Ferguson has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists since 1985 including a two year term as a National Vice President of AFTRA. He is currently the Chairperson of AFTRA's National Singer's Caucus. Also, he was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists. He was invited to perform as a featured artist for the 2001 ISB Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.