Treat for jazz fans (via News-Gazette)

Not too long after saxophonist Charles McPherson performed some of the music for Clint Eastwood’s movie “Bird,” McPherson invited the director to a CD-release party he was having in Los Angeles.

McPherson, who will perform from 6 to 8 Wednesday evening at the Iron Post in Urbana with the SSG Trio, didn’t think Eastwood would show. But he did.

Later, McPherson played in a Carnegie Hall concert tribute to Eastwood and the music in his movies.

“He always made a point of having some kind of jazz in his movies,” McPherson said. “He’s a real jazz fan, that’s for sure. He’s an intelligent man — except when he talks to a chair when no one’s there. I took some points away from him on that one.”

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