MAR 2, 2019 | 4:00pm
The Blue Door House Venue
1600 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97202
2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Bebop Revisited: Charles McPherson Quartet
Join us for a special house concert benefiting PDX Jazz Education! Limited Tickets Available. Complimentary beverages will be provided by Argyle Winery and North Coast Brewing Company.
“He plays almost everything big, bold and bluesy, his gleaming sound appealing in all musical contexts” — Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Charles McPherson is one of jazz’s most journeyed alto saxophonists. A product of Detroit’s ’50s jazz heritage, he studied with the renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. He moved from Detroit to New York in 1959 and performed with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1974. While performing with Mingus, he collaborated with Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Pepper Adams, Charles Tolliver, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra.
The prodigious altoist has recorded for a dozen jazz labels including the acclaimed Prestige imprint and most recently for the Colorado based Capri label. McPherson also was commissioned to help record ensemble renditions of pieces from Charlie Parker on the 1988 soundtrack for the Clint Eastwood biopic Bird.
McPherson remains a strong, viable force on the jazz scene today. He is at the height of his powers. McPherson and McCoy Tyner will be honored for their 80th birthdays, celebrating brand new arrangements of McPherson’s original music this Spring with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
His playing combines passionate feeling with intricate patterns of improvisation drawn from his time honored influences, Lester Young, Sonny Stitt and Charlie Parker. Throughout his five decades of being an integral performer of the music, McPherson has not merely remained true to his Bebop origins, but has expanded on them. For this very special Portland event, he will be joined by pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Jeff Littleton and drummer Billy Drummond.
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