Saturday July 29, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1459
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See the award-winning, internationally touring band, Charles McPherson Quintet and KGB Trio.
Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to New York in 1959, performing with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1972. While performing with Mingus, he collaborated frequently with Harris, Lonnie Hillyer, and George Coleman. Mr. McPherson has performed at concerts and festivals with his own groups and was recently featured at Lincoln Center showcasing his original compositions and arrangements with a seven-piece ensemble. He has toured internationally and recorded with his own group as well as with jazz greats such as Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderly, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Art Farmer, and many others. McPherson remains a strong, viable force on the jazz scene today. Throughout his five decades of being an integral performer of the music, Charles has not merely remained true to his Be Bop origins, but has expanded on them. Stanley Crouch says in his New York Times article on Charles, “He is a singular voice who has never sacrificed the fluidity of his melody making and is held in high esteem by musicians both long seasoned and young.” Joining McPherson for his show “Under the Stars’ are Trumpeter and Grammy award winner Brian Lynch, two-time Grammy award-winning bassist Todd Coolman, pianist Randy Porter, and drummer Chuck McPherson.
Kadish, Gagan, & Bartlit was officially formed in January 2016 and immediately began work on their debut album, Still Here, which has been nominated for three different categories at this year's New Mexico Music Awards: Best Jazz Song, Best Jazz CD, and Best Instrumental Performance. The three friends have known each other and worked together in various musical combinations going all the way back to 1980. Their individual careers have led them all on globe-trotting lives filled with wondrous musical experiences which they are now delighted to combine into the dynamic, irrepressible, and fun-loving trio affectionately known to some simply as KGB. They have been performing regularly in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and are very excited to be a part of this year's Jazz Under The Stars series!