Charles McPherson (musician)

Charles McPherson (born July 24, 1939)[1] is an American jazz alto saxophonist born in Joplin, Missouri, United States, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, who worked intermittently with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1974, and as a performer leading his own groups.[1]

Charles McPherson
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Background information
Born (1939-07-24) July 24, 1939 (age 83)
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.
Instrument(s)Alto saxophone
Years active1960–present
LabelsPrestige, Mainstream, Xanadu, Arabesque

McPherson also was commissioned to help record ensemble renditions of pieces from Charlie Parker, on the 1988 soundtrack for the film Bird.[1]


As leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Barry Harris

With Charles Mingus

With others


  1. ^ a b c "Charles McPherson | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  2. ^ Fitzgerald, M. Charles McPherson discography as leader,, accessed March 14, 2013

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