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Fraser MacPherson


FRASER MACPHERSON (saxophonist, bandleader) was born on April 10, 1928 in St. Boniface, Manitoba and passed away September 29, 1993 in Vancouver, B.C. The Juno award winning saxophonist who counted Lester Young and Johnny Hodges as influences was a major figure in the Vancouver jazz scene in the 1950s and 60s. MacPherson’s busy career included working for the CBC in radio and TV, starring in his own CBC series “The Pretty Sounds of Jazz”. Achieving international attention in the 1970s, his trio, which featured Oliver Gannon, became the first North American jazz ensemble to be invited back to the U.S.S.R. In 1987 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.