Fraser MacPherson Quintet

Decades: 1990s 2000s


John Fraser MacPherson, 10 April 1928, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, d. 28 September 1993, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Although his later fame rested on his playing of the tenor saxophone, MacPherson began his musical career on the clarinet. This was at the St. Louis College in Victoria, before he started at the University of British Columbia on a business studies course. He quickly abandoned business in favour of a career playing in clubs and as a studio musician with the Canadian Broadcasting Company. In 1951, he was playing clarinet, alto saxophone and flute, and he pursued this career for the next quarter of a century before turning to playing jazz full-time and simultaneously switching to the tenor saxophone. From this point onwards he gained worldwide attention, playing in Russia and the USA, where he also recorded. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1987. MacPherson’s melodic playing style owed much to his appreciation of the elegance...

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