Charles McPherson Quartet

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Last Show: Thursday 31 st October 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Charles McPherson is a true living legend, and one of the greatest alto saxophonists in the history of the music. At 80 years of age, he is living proof that jazz keeps you young. As part of the ongoing 80th birthday tour 'Celebrating a Jazz Legend' he brings his regular quartet to play brand-new arrangements of some of his iconic compositions. These concerts are also the official release date for a new CD entitled 'Charles McPherson Quartet live at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival'.

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Charles McPherson is a singular bebop saxophonist. After playing with Charles Mingus for over a decade, McPherson has been traveling all over the world as a renowned leader and mentor. He remains one of the few musicians able to channel the classic bebop might of predecessors like Charlie Parker, but he also possesses a powerful style of his own as both a composer and soloist. Audiences will be able witness both sides of that incredible talent with this band.

McPherson grew up in Detroit, where he met 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. 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. McPherson has a long list of recordings as a guest artist with Charlie Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded as leader on Prestige, Fantasy, Mainstream, Discovery, Xanadu, and most recently Arabesque and Quadrant.

Charles was also the featured alto saxophonist in the Clint Eastwood film "Bird," a biography about Charlie Parker.

Band Lineup

Charles McPherson (alto saxophone)

Albert Palau (piano)

Mark Hodgson (bass)

Stephen Keogh (drums)