Charles McPherson Celebrates his 70th Birthday at Anthology

Thursday, July 16, 2009 14:07
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For over a half-century, his searing saxophone has placed Charles McPherson at the forefront of authentic jazz.

“I’m in love with what I do, so I think no matter what you are doing, if you have passion for it, you like doing it, that in itself is invigorating,” Charles said.

Charles was born in Joplin, Missouri.

“Then I moved to Detroit and started playing. When I was about 12, I got an instrument. Trumpet was first and then saxophone at age 13. Then I heard Charlie Parker, when I was about 14 and then that was it,” Charles said.

Charles McPherson gained a worldwide reputation for his work with Charlie Mingus. He is also recognized as one of the mainstays of the bebop movement. In 1978 Charles moved to San Diego and today his sound remains fresh, yet uncompromised.

“Art is its own reward. If you sign up for that kind of life and that kind of quest, then you have to be willing not to be having the world break down your door,” he said.

On Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Anthology, Charles McPherson will celebrate his 70th birthday by headlining an all-star band.

“I would do this in a room if there were not a soul in here, but if I can make other people feel good after they come out and hear me play, then I feel less selfish and I feel I’ve shared whatever it is I have to share,” Charles said.

Happy birthday Charles, and thanks for sharing.

Via CBS 8 – San Diego