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