Savannah Music Festival: Charles McPherson Live

Airs Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. The musical style know as bebop is a style of jazz characterized on fast tempo, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on the combination of harmonic structure and melody. Developed in the early and mid-1940’s, bebop ultimately became synonymous with modern jazz. The inventors of bebop, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk and a few others understood that the melodic logic of learning how to put together a line when playing was of paramount importance within the form. The bebop style remains alive and well in the 21st century due to musicians who bring the necessary craft and sincerity to it along with the discipline and passion that is a tribute to the beauty of jazz. Alto Sax master Charles McPherson performed at the festival in 2013. Born in 1939 in Joplin Missouri and raised in Detroit, Charles McPherson grew up in the motor city jazz scene experiencing such mast as Hank, Thad, and Elvin Jones as well as Howard McGee, Tommy Flanagan, Lucky Thompson, Milt Jackson, Barry Harris, Frank Foster and others. Mr. McPherson first came to fame during the 12 years he worked with Charles Mingus during the 1960’s and 70s and his original sound and adherence to the stylistic innovations of Charlie Parker made him the obvious choice of Clint Eastwood's 1988 film called Bird when it came time to record the ensemble renditions for the soundtrack. However it is his work as leader that continue to prove that Charles McPherson is only getting better with age. In the spring of 2013 Mr. McPherson made his Savannah debut with his quartet and this concert represents the finer moments of that concert.