Alto saxophonist Charles McPherson will be guest-hosting on KUVO with Erik Troe on Tuesday, July 11 at 4pm, just before McPherson kicks off a two-night run at Dazzle. Tune in to hear Erik and Charles McPherson select some outstanding classic and modern jazz!
The Charles McPherson Quintet
Tuesday, July 11 - 6 & 8:30pm
Wednesday, July 12 - 6 & 8:30pm
The Quintet: Bruce Barth - piano, Charles McPherson - saxophone, Brian Lynch - trumpet, Ken Walker - bass, and Paul Romaine - drums
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 to New York in 1959 and performed with Charles Mingus through the 1960s.
Mr. McPherson’s own groups have consisted of quartets, quintets and full orchestras. He was recently featured at Lincoln Center showcasing his original compositions and arrangements. He has toured the world with his own group, as well as with jazz greats Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderley, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others.
McPherson has recorded as leader on Prestige, Fantasy, Mainstream, Discovery, Xanadu, and most recently Arabesque. His most recent recording is the highly acclaimed “Manhattan Nocturne.”
Charles was also the featured alto saxophonist in the Clint Eastwood film “Bird,” a biography about Charlie Parker.
McPherson, with more than five decades on the bandstand, is at the height of his powers. His playing combines passionate feeling with intricate patterns of improvisation. Charles has not merely remained true to his Be Bop origins, but has expanded on them. Stanley Crouch says in his New York Times article on Charles, “He is a singular voice who has never sacrificed the fluidity of his melody making.”