Charles McPherson (musician)

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Charles McPherson
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Photo by Ed Newman
Background information
Born (1939-07-24) July 24, 1939 (age 79)
Joplin, Missouri
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Alto saxophone
Labels Prestige, Mainstream, Xanadu, Arabesque
Associated acts Charles Mingus

Charles McPherson (born July 24, 1939) is an American jazz alto saxophonist born in Joplin, Missouri, 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.


The following is sourced from the Jazz Discography website of Michael Fitzgerald.[2]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Pepper Adams

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Kenny Drew

With Clint Eastwood

With Art Farmer

With Barry Harris

With Sam Jones

With Charles Mingus

With Don Patterson

With Red Rodney

With Charles Tolliver

With Dave Pike


  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ Fitzgerald, M. Charles McPherson discography as leader accessed March 14, 2013

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