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  1. In honor of Charles McPherson's 70th birthday today, here's this week's Night Lights program, devoted to his 1960s and early-1970s recordings (including one side with Mingus): Charles McPherson's Post-Bird Bop Next week: "Live at Cafe Bohemia."
  2. New Mexico Jazz Festival

    The Charles McPherson Quartet with Jeb Patton, David Wong, and Chuck McPherson will be playing a concert in Santa Fe, NM on Wednesday July 25. The following night the same quartet will be playing in Taos, NM. just by coincidence my wife and I will be traveling to New Mexico at the same time. So we will be attending both concert. The one in Santa Fe, July 25, and the concert on July 26 in Taos, NM Wonder if anyone on this board who lives in New Mexico will be at either concert? If so perhaps we can meet and say hi.
  3. Los Angeles Jazz Institute West Coast Jazz Heritage Series BEBOP INVADES THE WEST Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker’s Historic Los Angeles Debut Friday, August 29, 2014 8:30pm Los Angeles Musicians Union Auditorium 817 Vine St., Hollywood featuring Jazz Legends Charles McPherson and Jon Faddis with Charlie Shoemake, Tom Ranier and more In December of 1945 Dizzy Gillespie brought an all star sextet to Hollywood for an 8 week engagement at Billy Berg’s Nightclub. It was a significant event in Los Angeles jazz history which brought the creators of modern jazz to the West Coast. In addition to Bird and Dizzy the group included Milt Jackson, Al Haig, Ray Brown and Stan Levey. To celebrate this momentous occasion we return to Vine St. to present an incredible all star sextet performing the bebop classics that were introduced to West Coast audiences during that historic engagement. August 29 is also Charlie Parker’s birthday so it will be a double celebration and a night you won’t want to miss. Pre-Concert Dinner/Party Billy Berg’s Revisited 6:00pm Los Balcones, 1360 Vine St. Los Angeles The original building which housed Billy Berg’s still stands and is now Los Balcones Restaurant. We’re having a special pre-concert dinner/party in this historic location which will include a screening of Billy Berg’s home movies from 1945-46 and rare broadcast recordings from the club. The party includes dinner and is only available to the first 50 VIP ticket holders. Tickets: $75 VIP (includes dinner at Los Balcones and preferred concert seating) $40 Concert Only The VIP package will sell out very quickly so call now. Seats are assigned in order received. You can use your credit card to order tickets at (562)200-5477