Western Jazz Presenters Network
Charles is pleased to announce that the Western Jazz Presenters Network has been awarded a NEA Grant to support tours with the Charles McPherson Quartet in Spring, August and October through early November, 2018. The project activities include three distinct tours with performances in as many as eight rural and urban nonprofit venues in Western states including Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington. Ancillary tour activities will entail workshops for high school and college students, open rehearsals, and audience talkback sessions. Organizations of the WJPN include Earshot Jazz in Seattle, The Outpost in Albuquerque, Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA and the Jazz Bakery in L.A.. Look out for coming dates and all information! If youâre interested in becoming involved with WJPN, click here.
Read this great story at San Diego Union Tribune.
Charles Joins San Diego Ballet as Their Resident Composer for 2017! read more…
Charles Receives the 15th Annual Don Redman Jazz Heritage Award
The 2016 15th Annual Don Redman Heritage Award was presented to Charles McPherson in recognition of his musicianship, humanity and dignity, as an asset to jazz in the tradition of Don Redman, and whose work in music and education illuminate the spirit of Don Redmanâ Find out more…
Illusions In Blue 1990–Recorded live in La Jolla California. A limited amount of this re-issue is now available through Chazz Jazz.
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California State University San MarcosÂ awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, to Charles McPherson during its commencement ceremonies on May 16, 2015.Â See photos, the diploma, the citation, and the University’s press release >>
“McPherson has not merely remained true to his bop origins but has expanded on them, both as improvising soloist and as composer. . . .his sound bold and full, he brought his own values to three of his original pieces: “Horizons,” with its shifting moods; “Illusions in Blue,” a sort of 21st Century variation on the blues with archly ingenious piano chording and the rich, almost lushly evocative “A Tear and a Smile.” Having thus displayed his dual talents as composer/player, McPherson then felt free to tear into “Cherokee” at a breakneck pace.”
Leonard Feather-Los Angeles Times
Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, Missouri and grew up inÂ Detroit . He studied with the renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazzÂ professionally at age 19. He moved from Detroit to New York in 1959 and performed withÂ Charles Mingus from ’60 to ’72, also collaborating frequently with Harris, Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet), and George Coleman (tenor sax). Read more about Charles >>