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How San Diego Saxophonist Charles McPherson Was Introduced To Charlie Parker

San Diego saxophonist Charles McPherson in an undated photo.

Credit: Andrew Bracken

Above: San Diego saxophonist Charles McPherson in an undated photo.

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When Charles McPherson first saw Charlie Parker play he said, "I want to be that." Now, McPherson is one of the most renowned saxophonists on the American jazz scene. McPherson tells the story of the introduction that helped shape his life on the KPBS podcast, My First Day.

The KPBS Explore project podcast, "My First Day," has just completed its second season. Andrew Bracken is the creator, producer and host.

In season one, San Diegans shared the stories of their first days in the city. The second season is giving the city's residents an outlet to share the moments that changed their lives.

The goal of KPBS Explore project is to provide a platform for original content by and about the San Diego community.


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