Bart Mendoza 9 p.m., Dec. 17
RIYL: West Street Mob, James Brown
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Influences: Buddy Rich, James Brown, Charles McPherson, Sugarhill Gang,
Drummer Chuck McPherson is the son of local jazz legend Charles McPherson. In the '80s, he played with New York's West Street Mob, a rap group with connections to the original Sugar Hill Gang, whose song "Rapper's Delight" is considered one of the first mainstream hip-hop releases.
As of 2009, McPherson fronts the Cold Sweat Sextet, a James Brown tribute band.