“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.”“