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“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 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 ’60 to ’72, also collaborating frequently with Harris, Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet), and George Coleman (tenor sax). Read more about Charles >>

“The Journey” Album Just Released!

The Journey

Album Charts The Remarkable Musical Voyage Of Saxophone Legend Charles McPherson

NEW album released by Capri Records on CD February 17, 2015!

DownBeat MagazineEditor’s Pick March 2015

McPherson has put out a prodigious album…one listen is all it takes to know that this is at the way you’re supposed to play” – Brian Zimmerman, DownBeat Magazine

Bebop, sharp and driving.” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Here’s a sample of “The Journey” track:

And a sample of  the “I Should Care” track:

Read the 2-17-15 Press Release

Read the Album Reviews

Purchase the Album

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

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Click for touring information and more info about the San Diego premier.

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


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