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Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, Missouri where the great swing bands originated... Bird, Buster Smith, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie and others. He studied alto sax with renown pianist Barry Harris. At age 19 he started playing professionally. He went to New York and performed with Charles Mingus for twelve years. While performing for Mingus, McPherson frequently collaborated with Harris, a union that continues to the present.
He has toured with jazz artists Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderley and others. He has recorded over 11 albums as guest artist with Charles Mingus, Art Farmer and a host of other greats.
Charles McPherson is one of the paragons of pure, unadulterated progressive jazz; and impeccable and uncompromising. His blues and balled interpretations are breathtaking!
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