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For more than 60 years, saxophonist Charles McPherson has been one of the most expressive and highly regarded voices in jazz. His rich musical style, rooted in the blues and bebop, has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners. McPherson was born in Joplin, MO, on July 24, 1939, and he developed a love for music at a young age. As a child, he began experimenting at the piano whenever one was available. He also attended summer concerts in Joplin that featured territory bands from the Midwest and Southwest. These concerts made a strong impression on McPherson, who was particularly enamored with the sound and shape of the saxophone. McPherson moved to Detroit in 1948 at age 9

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gillespie in the Fifties

Read "Gillespie in the Fifties" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Most jazz fans know Dizzy Gillespie's crucial role in the creation of bebop and every good collection should have at least a few tracks from his glory days of the forties. The man wrote “Night in Tunisia" for heaven's sake! But what happened later on, after his partner Bird was gone and the listening public had ...

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Article: In Pictures

Day 3 at Newport Jazz Festival: Hearing the Future and Honoring the History

Read "Day 3 at Newport Jazz Festival: Hearing the Future and Honoring the History" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Sunday, the fest's final day, was glorious, with perfect weather and large, enthusiastic crowds. Friday and Saturday had killer lineups, but the festival arguably saved the best for last. There were a total of 17 acts. This included young emerging stars such as Samara Joy and ...

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Article: In Pictures

2023 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Read "2023 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde


The City Parks Foundation kicked off its 31st annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The three day celebration of the life of the late saxophonist Charlie Parker took place in the neighborhood near where Charlie Parker worked and lived. Friday August 25th uptown Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park featured Orrin Evans, Lisa Fischer, and The Captain Black ...

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Article: Album Review

Nick Green: Green On The Scene

Read "Green On The Scene" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Nick Green's latest release, Green On The Scene, is a captivating musical journey which combines masterful instrumentation, intricate compositions and a profound sense of improvisational exploration. Accompanied by trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Mike Karn and the inestimable drummer Kenny Washington, the band embarks on a set list of compositions which are at the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Summer night of Soul Jazz, Hard Bop and Funk

Read "A Summer night of Soul Jazz, Hard Bop and Funk" reviewed by David Brown


It's hot. Its summer. Let's ease into the night with some hard bop & soul jazz from the classic era--Lee Morgan, Ray Bryant, Bunky Green, Leo Wright and the Freedom Sounds. We'll then electrify the sounds as we move into the '70s with Eddie Harris, Bobbi Humphrey, Sun Ra and Parliament. Eventually we'll end up in ...

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Article: Live Review

Charles McPherson Quintet at Jazz Alley

Read "Charles McPherson Quintet at Jazz Alley" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Charles McPherson Quintet Jazz Alley Seattle, WA June 13, 2023 To be fortunate enough to see an artist of the caliber of alto saxophonist/master composer Charles McPherson perform live is a blessing, to be sure. Jazz fans of any age can be recipients of this privilege, though fans who have ...

Article: Album Review

Sonny Stitt: Boppin’ in Baltimore Live at the Left Bank

Read "Boppin’ in Baltimore Live at the Left Bank" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


L'11 novembre 1973 alla Famous Ballroom di Baltimora il quartetto di Sonny Stitt, fresco reduce dai fasti dei Giants of Jazz (Gillespie, Monk, Winding, Blakey, McKibbon) e certamente in stato di grazia (non aveva del resto ancora cinquant'anni pur essendo già un veterano, per qualcuno addirittura un sorpassato), tenne un concerto ricco di fuoco e invenzioni ...

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Article: Jazz in Long Form

The Vocal Music of Charles Mingus

Read "The Vocal Music of Charles Mingus" reviewed by Ellen Johnson


Part 1 | Part 2 Part ICharles Mingus is not typically the first name that comes to mind when discussing jazz vocal repertoire, but perhaps it should be. Since the 1940s, Mingus wrote songs in collaboration with other musicians and even penned his own lyrics. His oeuvre encompasses popular songs of the era as ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

A Life In Music

Read "A Life In Music" reviewed by Wulf Muller


The following is an excerpt from the Chapter “1996," from Wulf Müllers illustrated chronicle A Life In Music (Amazon Direct Publishing, 2022) Dee Dee Bridgewater performed three sold out nights at the glamorous and legendary Paris venue L'Olympia, with new signing to Verve France, singer Jeffery Smith, opening for her. Dee Dee's show ...


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