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Leo Parker - 76% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing
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18 April 1925, Washington, DC, USA, d. 11 February 1962, New York City, New York, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, an instrument on which he recorded with Coleman Hawkins, Parker switched to baritone in 1944 when he joined the bebop-orientated big band led by Billy Eckstine. For the next year or so he was a member of the band’s so-called ‘unholy four’. Fel Read more

Harry Allen - 58% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz
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12 October 1966, Washington, DC, USA. When he was aged one, Allen’s parents moved to Los Angeles and it was there that he began playing music, but at that time chose the accordion and later the piano. When he was 11 years old the family moved again, this time to Rhode Island and there, at junior high school, he began playing clarinet and finally the tenor saxophone, in Read more

Stan Hope - 56% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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Ravi Coltrane - 50% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz
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6 August 1965, Huntington, New York, USA. The son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, a musical career might have appeared inevitable. However, despite studying soprano saxophone while in high school, he gave up music when his older brother was killed in a road accident. By this time Coltrane was living in California and it was not until he was 20 that he resumed playing. H Read more

Brew Moore - 44% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Milton Aubrey Moore, 26 March 1924, Indianola, Mississippi, USA, d. 19 August 1973, Copenhagen, Denmark. After learning to play a range of instruments, Moore concentrated on tenor saxophone and in his teens sought work in various parts of the USA. A melodic player with a liquid ballad sound, Moore’s roots were in the style of the early Lester Young, and the advent of be Read more

Bob Berg - 40% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
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Robert Berg, 7 April 1951, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 5 December 2002, Long Island, New York, USA. Studying for a short time at the New York School of Performing Arts, before leaving prematurely to take a year’s practical course at the Juilliard School of Music, as a young tenor saxophonist, Berg’s interests were very much in the free jazz scene and Read more

Arthur Blythe - 34% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz
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Arthur Murray Blythe, 5 July 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA. From infancy Blythe lived in San Diego, returning to Los Angeles when he was 19 years old. He had taken up alto saxophone at the age of nine, playing R&B until his mid-teens when he discovered jazz. He studied with David Jackson and ex-Jimmie Lunceford altoist Kirtland (Kirk) Bradford. In the mid-60s he was Read more

Eric Reed - 34% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz Holiday & Seasonal
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Eric Scott Reed, 21 June 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pianist Reed began his life in music when he was two years old with an interest in the drums. He gravitated to the piano and began formal lessons at five, eventually studying with influential teacher Vernon Lathon. Memorable influences at this time included the music that Reed heard in church, including pianists Read more

Lisa Hilton - 29% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz
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Joanne Brackeen - 25% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz
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Joanne Grogan, 26 July 1938, Ventura, California, USA. Brackeen was self-taught; academic tuition did not suit her, and she left the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music after three days. Despite this, her piano playing became much in demand among the most exacting jazz leaders on the west coast: Harold Land, Teddy Edwards and Charles Lloyd. Unimpeded by marriage (to saxophonis Read more

Thomas Chapin - 25% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
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9 March 1957, Manchester, Connecticut, USA, d. 13 February 1998, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. After studying formally at Hartt College of Music, Hartford, Chapin played alto and soprano saxophones professionally with Jackie McLean and others before studying with Paul Jeffrey, with whom he also worked, Ted Dunbar and Kenny Barron. He gained a degree at Rutgers and then play Read more

Javon Jackson - 18% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz
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16 June 1965, Carthage, Missouri, USA. Jackson’s parents listened extensively to jazz on record and by the age of 10 he had decided that he wanted to be a musician. His first choice, the drums, was vetoed by his father so he chose instead the alto saxophone but later, when he had grown more, he switched to tenor saxophone. He played for a while in Denver, Colorado, with Read more

Andy Sheppard - 17% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz
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Rene Marie - 17% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Vocals
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René Marie Stevens, 7 November 1955, Warrenton, Virginia, USA. When René Marie was nine years old, her family moved to Roanoke, Virginia, by which time she was singing and also learning to play piano. In her mid-teens she sang R&B in a group called the Majestics that was formed by fellow teenagers in the neighbourhood. At 18, she married the piano player in Read more

Sonny Fortune - 15% match to Charles McPherson

Genres: Jazz
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Cornelius Fortune, 19 May 1939, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. An intense player on alto, tenor and soprano saxophones and flute, Fortune studied at Wurlitzers and Granoff School of Music and privately with Roland Wiggins. He started his playing career in Philadelphia R&B bands. He moved to New York in 1967 and played with Elvin Jones (1968), Mongo Santamaría ( Read more

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