CHARLES McPHERSON

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Charles McPherson toured and performed with Mingus for more then 10 years ( eleven years .... a great time: Charles corrected me.). Charles Mingus, as we know, was not the most easy man to live with, but Charles McPherson was in high favor with him. One day, when Charles Mingus wanted to play with his group at a benefit concert for his friend Kenneth Patchen, who was paralyzed and needed medical aid, he couldn't offer the members of his band a fee. "Then after the set he started doling out five dollar bills: "This ( = Kenneth Patchen - the man) is my friend, but let me give you a little carfare or beer money". He was touched they'd done it. He was more touched when McPherson told him to put his five back in the kitty. His eyes actually watered. From then on, McPherson could be late, but he never got yelled at.

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Charles McPherson toured with the Rein De Graaff Trio along several Dutch venues. Enjoy a review!
Charles McPherson performs with the Rein De Graaff Trio

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