Charles McPherson

Detroit’s finest

Originally from Detroit, Charles McPherson 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 from 1960 to 1972. McPherson has performed at concerts and festivals with his own orchestra, and 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. 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 remains a strong, viable force on the jazz scene today. To learn more about Charles McPherson, visit

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