Charles McPherson (musician)

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Charles McPherson
Background information
Born (1939-07-24) July 24, 1939 (age 84)
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.
Instrument(s)Alto saxophone
Years active1960–present
LabelsPrestige, Mainstream, Xanadu, Arabesque

Charles McPherson (born July 24, 1939)[1] is an American jazz alto saxophonist born in Joplin, Missouri, United States, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, who worked intermittently with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1974, and as a performer leading his own groups.[1]

McPherson also was commissioned to help record ensemble renditions of pieces from Charlie Parker, on the 1988 soundtrack for the film Bird.[1]

In 2020, the JazzTimes magazine readers’ poll named McPherson Artist of the Year, and also selected his album Jazz Dance Suites as Best New Release.[2]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Barry Harris

With Charles Mingus

With others


  1. ^ a b c "Charles McPherson | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  2. ^ JazzTimes (2021-02-04). "2020 Readers' Poll Results". JazzTimes. Retrieved 2023-09-02.
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, M. Charles McPherson discography as leader,, accessed March 14, 2013

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