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Charles McPherson

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: July 24, 1939    

Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to Detroit at age nine. After growing up in Detroit, he studied with the renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. He moved from Detroit to New York in 1959 and performed with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1972. While performing with Mingus, he collaborated frequently with Harris, Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet), and George Coleman (tenor sax). McPherson has performed at concerts and festivals with his own orchestra.

McPherson was recently featured at Lincoln Center showcasing his original compositions and arrangements with a seven piece ensemble. He has toured the US, Europe, Japan, Africa and South America with his own group, as well as with jazz greats Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderly, Jay McShann and others. McPherson has recorded as guest artist with Charlie Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded as leader on Prestige, Fantasy, Mainstream, Discovery, Xanadu, and most recently Arabesque. His most recent recording is the highly acclaimed “Manhattan Nocturne”....
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    But Beautiful

    P.S.F. Records
    2010
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    Live at the Cellar

    Cellar Records
    2005
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    Come Play With Me

    P.S.F. Records
    1995
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    First Flight Out

    P.S.F. Records
    1994
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    Free Bop!

    P.S.F. Records
    1979
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    New Horizons

    P.S.F. Records
    1978
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    Live In Tokyo

    P.S.F. Records
    1976
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Live at the Cellar

Venus Records (2004)

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