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Charles McPherson: Ornithology With Strings

Charles McPherson
Charles McPherson
Charles McPherson

Hindsight may indeed be 20/20, but Charles McPherson has little interest in looking back and even less in evaluating his formidable musical legacy.

“I don’t know if this is good or bad, or if I’m just childish, but I always think of myself as in a state of becoming,” says the veteran alto saxophonist, who looks younger than his 65 years. “So I never even think to look back or be in a state of reflection. Maybe I will when I’m 75 or 80, but I’m still a work in progress. Terms like ‘legacy,’ I don’t use. I guess I still think I’m 20 years old.”

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George Varga

George Varga began drumming in bands at 12 and writing professionally about music at 15. A Louisiana native who grew up mostly in Germany, he has earned three Pulitzer Prize nominations as the music critic at the San Diego Union-Tribune. In 2002, he created and taught the UC San Diego Extension course, “Jazz in a Post-Ken-Burns World.” Varga’s latest project is Acid Reflux & The Wardrobe Malfunctions, a free-jazz Ashlee Simpson/Janet Jackson tribute band.