Charles McPherson

The Journey Home

Join us for this week-long homecoming celebration!

Charles McPherson was born in Joplin and moved to Detroit at the age of nine, where he studied with renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. From there, McPherson’s career would take off, expanding rapidly and taking him to concert venues, festivals, orchestras, and jazz halls across the globe. Having played with some of the best groups and artists that the jazz industry has to offer, McPherson has become a highly revered saxophonist whose work continues to astound and impress.

McPherson’s homecoming is a collaborative endeavor including Connect2Culture, Langston Hughes Cultural Society, The Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin, Post Art Library, Pro Musica, Spiva Center for the Arts, and Visit Joplin.

Homecoming Celebration
(Fundraiser Performance)
Friday, February 18, 2022
7:00pm | $55 per person
Joplin Empire Market

Join us for this exclusive event celebrating the homecoming of world-renowned jazz musician and Joplin native Charles McPherson. All proceeds will benefit the creation of a Black History Mural featuring Charles McPherson, Langston Hughes, and other prominent Black artists who performed in Joplin or made an impact on our community.

Tickets Include:

  • Exclusive performance by Charles McPherson and band
  • Special father-daughter duet performance with ballerina Camille McPherson
  • Meet-and-greet with the artists
  • Unveiling of Black History Mural design
  • Catered dinner from Hackett Hot Wings

The Journey Home
(Free Performance)
Saturday, February 19, 2022
7:00pm (doors 6:30pm)
Central Christian Center

Renowned jazz musician Charles McPherson returns to his hometown of Joplin, Missouri for a free performance at Central Christian Center – and you’re invited! Make your free reservation today and hear McPherson perform on Saturday, February 19th.

Reservations are highly recommended for this FREE performance!  

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

At the request of the artist, additional COVID-19 safety protocols have been put in place for Mr. McPherson’s visit.

All patrons age 12 and older are required to provide:

1) Proof of full vaccination (final dose received at least two weeks prior to the show). Vaccination cards, printed copy of vaccination card or photo on mobile device will be accepted.


2) Printed and dated proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic (PCR or antigen) test taken within 72 hours to attend.

Children age 11 and younger can attend with printed and dated proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entry.

All patrons will also be required to wear a mask while inside the venue(s) unless actively eating or drinking.

Those that do not adhere to these stated protocols will not be permitted.

For testing site information in Missouri, please click here.

We also ask that all attendees conduct a health self-assessment before attending. If you or any member of your party are unwell, please do not attend.

Purchase tickets at, 417.501.5550, or in-person at Joplin Empire Market on the Saturday before any of our performances.

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