Past Event

Charles McPherson – Desert Island Discs

Join curator and host Ted Panken for an in-depth Desert Island Discs listening party with saxophonist and jazz legend, Charles McPherson.  Throughout his six 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.  This program is part of our year-long Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration and McPherson will share his thoughts and perspectives on Parker.


In the fall of 2015, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem debuted its version of Desert Island Discs. It’s modeled on an iconic BBC radio show, extant since 1942, which invites eminences from various walks of life to choose—and discuss—the eight records they would bring for a stay on the apocryphal desert island. For the Jazz Museum’s expanded version curated and hosted by esteemed journalist Ted Panken, the presenters are jazz musicians, who will present a cohort of music, of any genre, that was essential in the formation and evolution of their musical personality.