In the late 1950s, New England’s answer to Maynard Ferguson was trumpeter Herb Pomeroy. Pomeroy not only was a high-energy jazz player, he also led crack bands of players and soloists. The difference was that while Ferguson was massively prolific as a Hollywood and New York recording artist and performer, Pomeroy was a low-key educator who toured in the Boston area and didn’t record often. The other big difference is that Ferguson often soloed on his band’s recordings. Pomeroy seldom did so, preferring instead to give those opportunities to others.