2017 “The Duke” Award presented to Charles McPherson, at Soka University for a professional artistic career exemplifying the achievements and high standards of Edward Kennedy Ellington.
2016 15th Annual Don Redman Jazz Heritage Award
For contributions in jazz education and music, as well as individual musicianship, humanity and dignity
2016 Composer in Residence / San Diego Ballet
2015 Doctor of Fine Arts Honorary degree: California State University San Marcos
2006 San Diego Music Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jazz Performance and Education
2005 Hall of Fame Award
San Diego County African American Heritage Foundation
In Recognition of Musical Ability, Community Service and Family Values
2004 Lifetime Achievement Award
In Recognition of Exceptional Music to Detroit and the World
Bakers Keyboard Lounge 70th Anniversary Celebration
2001 Charles McPherson Day / Greater Cleveland Community
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Member of Congress / Eleventh District, Ohio
2000 Jazz Achievement Award For Excellence as a Soloist, Composer and Teacher in the Art of Jazz
Jazz 88-KSDS-FM
1997 The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Excellence in Your Love and Understanding Past and Present Contribution to JAZZ
 1994 Society of the Culturally Concerned
Outstanding Contribution to Music and African-American Culture Detroit, Michigan
Outstanding Contribution in the Promotions of Jazz Education
1985 Blue Note Award – Musical Excellence in the Jazz Idiom
Jazz Capitol of the World, New York City
1983 Jeannie Award – For Outstanding Contributions to Jazz and American Culture
The Jazz Society of Southern California