Charles McPherson (musician)

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Charles McPherson
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Photo by Ed Newman
Background information
Birth name Charles McPherson
Born July 24, 1939
Origin Joplin, Missouri
Genres Jazz
Instruments Alto saxophone
Labels Prestige Records
Mainstream Records
Xanadu Records
Arabesque Records
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, most notable for his work from 1960 to 1972 with Charles Mingus.[1]

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


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Pepper Adams

With Kenny Drew

With Clint Eastwood

With Art Farmer

With Barry Harris

With Sam Jones

With Charles Mingus

With Don Patterson

With Charles Tolliver

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Dave Pike


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

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