This coming Wednesday Jazz at Five opens their season with a concert you do not want to miss, Charles McPherson, one of the world’s greatest living jazz saxophonists! The first recording my sax teacher gave me when I resumed playing was Charles McPherson’s, “Siku Ya Bibi”. What an amazing tone and incredible technique. I’ve been waiting 20 years for a chance to catch him live and here he finally is! Here’s more info from the Jazz at Five team:
Jazz at Five 2012, the Midwest’s premier free live jazz concert series, begins its 19th season Wednesday, August 8. The 2012 series, which features five nights of top national, regional, and local jazz talent, kicks off with renowned saxophonist Charles McPherson headlining and the Francesca Esme Quartet opening.
About Charles McPherson
Charles McPherson was recently featured at Lincoln Center showcasing his original compositions and arrangements with a seven piece ensemble. He has toured the US, Europe, Japan, Africa, and South America with his own group, as well as with jazz greats Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderly, Jay McShann, and others.
McPherson has recorded as guest artist with Charlie Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded as leader on Prestige, Fantasy, Mainstream, Discovery, Xanadu, and most recently Arabesque. His most recent recording is the highly acclaimed Manhattan Nocturne.
McPherson is a strong, viable force on the jazz scene today—he is at the height of his powers. His playing combines passionate feeling with intricate patterns of improvisation. Throughout his four decades of being an integral performer of jazz music, McPherson has not merely remained true to his BOP origins, but has expanded on them.
About the Francesca Esme Quartet
Francesca Esme is a Brooklyn singer in the tradition of the 1950′s, evoking such greats as June Christy and Peggy Lee with a bit of southern grit built in.
Daughter of Marc Johnson, a renowned bass player and former Madison resident, Esme proves the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. We’re pleased to bring her back to a city stage where she has roots.
Having been born into music, Esme has made the most of it ever since. Whether occasionally fronting Texas band Snarky Puppy on their tour stops or singing with Chicago’s Big Time, a Tom Waits tribute band, Esme shows what she does best: pop music in a jazz idiom. Take the time to listen to her own spin on the work of Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, and great Motown classics and you’ll be able to see for yourself that Esme has a musical sense all her own.