While there are actually performers who stoop low enough to use the title of "doctor" as a sort of stage name, without actually having earned a doctorate, a musician such as Dr. Harry Ferguson is an example of an actual medical doctor. He is in fact a surgeon who began to place musical activities up front after retiring from his profession. As is typical in the cluttered world of discographies and recording session credits, the presence of a "Dr." in a name, whether legitimate or not, can help avoid confusion with somebody else. In this case, that would be the earlier Harry Ferguson, a tenor saxophonist who began performing in Kansas City in the '30s
The locale of Dr. Harry Ferguson is just about a day's drive to the west -- also known as "Doc Fergy," this performer has been based out of Colorado most of his life. He began playing saxophone in a high-school band, continuing in the University of Colorado Concert Band. His medical studies took him closer to the elder Ferguson's stomping grounds, the University of Kansas, to be exact, but his first surgical practice took him back to Colorado and the town of Fort Collins. Following a long and distinguished career in cutting, healing, and sewing 'em back up, Ferguson began concentrating on an instrument that to some listeners is as nerve-racking as the thought of surgery, the soprano saxophone. One of Ferguson's principal collaborators compounds the instrumental menace: Kevin Utter, also a Colorado boy, concentrates on nothing less than the mighty Wurlitzer organ. The duo released a CD entitled Swing 'n Jazz in 2002.