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Redwood Jazz Alliance
February 28, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
Sometime around 1953, a young Charles McPherson heard Charlie Parker’s “Tico Tico” on a Detroit jukebox and his life was forever changed. Before that decade was out, McPherson was playing alto sax with Bird’s contemporaries. In the sixty years since, this master has collaborated with the likes of Art Farmer, Eric Dolphy, Lionel Hampton, and—most famously—Charles Mingus. McPherson is no throwback; his current band is filled with young lions. But bop fans won’t get any closer to the real thing than hearing this legend in person.
“McPherson’s music is a felicitous blend of urbane sophistication and youthful passion that combines fire and finesse in equal measure.”
—George Varga, Jazz Times