Photo courtesy of Nick Ruechel

“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 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). Read more about Charles >>


“Nightfall” a composition from “Sweet Synergy Suite” Tom Harrell trumpet Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola / Jazz at Lincoln Center

“Sweet Synergy Suite” a Jazz/Afro-Cuban Ballet


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Original music composed by Charles McPherson

Choreography by Javier Velasco
Featuring members of the San Diego Ballet

Made possible by a generous grant from the San Diego Foundation’s ‘Creative Catalyst Fund’ 2013

Check out the promo video recorded during the ‘Workshop Performance’ of this new work: