Saxophone player Charles McPherson at the Jazz Standard this week, Thursday through Sunday

17 Oct

This week jazz alto saxophonist Charles McPherson is coming to New York City. He will be playing at the Jazz Standard from Thursday until Sunday.

McPherson was raised in Detroit, Michigan, which certainly influenced his unique sound. The artist now lives on the West Coast, but he learned to play music by listening to Charlie Parker. He also played with Charles Mingus for more than ten years, in the 1960s’ and 1970s’. McPherson is often described as a Bebop artist. BeBop comes from the 1930s’ swing music. Some important Bebop players include Don Byas, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie.

Charles McPherson

Charles McPherson, by Laurent Kramer

As McPherson mentioned in an interview I conducted with him in March at the Savannah jazz festival (https://emiliepons.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/charles-mcpherson-on-the-blues-savannah-music-festival-3272013/), he always makes sure he plays at least one blues during his shows.

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