Legendary saxophonist CHARLES LLOYD comes to Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club with his acclaimed trio consisting of 6x GRAMMY® Award nominated pianist GERALD CLAYTON and GRAMMY® Award nominated guitarist ANTHONY WILSON who is one of the core members of Diana Krall’s quartet since 2001. Tickets for the Charles Lloyd Trio at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club, as well as the current list of shows for 2022, are available on Jimmy’s online events calendar at: http: //www.jimmysoncongress.com/events.
PORTSMOUTH, NH, October 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club presents NEA jazz master and legendary saxophonist, composer and bandleader CHARLES LLOYD and his acclaimed trio on Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. Charles Lloyd is the “Saxophonist of the Year from the Downbeat Critic’s Poll 2021 and his band won “Jazz Band of the Year” from the Downbeat Critic’s Poll 2021.
“Lloyd is one of the greatest, a bit like Joan Miro in modern art, he is matched only by himself.”
NEA jazz master and legendary saxophonist CHARLES LLOYD, now in his eighth decade, has never sounded better. The depth of its sound reflects a lifetime of experience. His concerts and recordings are events of immaculate beauty and elegance, full of intensely felt emotions and passions that touch deep in the heart. It is not entertainment, but the powerful, uncorrupted expression of beauty through music.
“Lloyd is one of the greatest, a bit like Joan Miro in modern art, he has no equal but himself. Music of transport and total pleasure.”—JAZZWISE
“Charles Lloyd, now 84, has lived many lives. Over the decades, the saxophone virtuoso has blurred the lines between jazz and popular music, performing with BB King, Cannonball Adderley, The Beach Boys and The Grateful Dead – and it always flows with music.”– NPR
“Charles Lloyd belongs to a shrinking elite club of influential jazz veterans”— DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
Charles Lloyd was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 15, 1938 and received his first saxophone at the age of 9. He was riveted to 1940s radio shows by Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. As a teenager, Lloyd played jazz with saxophonist George Coleman and was sideman for blues greats Johnny Ace, Bobby Blue Bland, Howlin’ Wolf and BB King.
Classical music also exerted a strong attraction on the young Lloyd. In 1956 he left Memphis for Los Angeles to pursue a music degree at USC where he studied with Halsey Stevens, a prominent Bartok authority. While spending his days in academia, Lloyd spent nights training on the job in Los Angeles jazz clubs, playing with Ornette Coleman, Billy Higgins, Scott La Faro, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Eric Dolphy, Bobby Hutcherson and other West Coast jazz greats. artists. He was also a member of the big band Gerald Wilson.
In 1960 Lloyd was asked to become musical director of Chico Hamilton’s band when Dolphy left to join Charles Mingus’ band. Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo and bassist Albert “Sparky” Stinson soon joined Lloyd in the band. Lloyd joined the Cannonball Adderley Sextet in 1964 and played alongside Nat Adderley, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes.
In 1964, Lloyd signed with CBS Records and began recording as a frontman. His Columbia recordings, “Discovery” (1964) and “Of Course, Of Course” (1965), featured Roy Haynes and Tony Williams on drums, Richard Davis and Ron Carter on bass, Gabor Szabo on guitar and Don Friedman on piano, and earned him a “New Star” award from Downbeat Magazine.
In 1965, Lloyd formed his own quartet, a brilliant ensemble that introduced the jazz world to the talents of pianist Keith Jarrett, drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Cecil McBee. Their first outing together was a studio recording, “Dream Weaver”, followed by “Forest Flower: Live at Monterey” (1966). “Forest Flower” made history as one of the first million-selling jazz recordings, and the album’s premieres continued as it became a stunning crossover hit. which appealed to popular mass market audiences and was widely broadcast on FM radio.
The Charles Lloyd Quartet were the first jazz band to perform at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore Auditorium and other rock palaces and shared billing with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Cream, the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. In 1967, Charles Lloyd was elected “Jazz Artist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine and the Quartet was invited to tour the world.
At the height of his career in 1970, Lloyd disbanded the quartet and disappeared from view, retiring to pursue an inner journey in Big Sur, the wilderness haven that had previously attracted other artists and scholars, including Robinson Jeffers, Langston Hughes, Henry Miller, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, Jean Varda and Jamie DeAngulo. Despite recording several albums during the 1970s and occasional appearances as a sideman with various rock bands, he all but disappeared from the jazz scene. During the 1970s, Lloyd performed extensively with the Beach Boys both on their studio recordings and as a member of their touring band.
It wasn’t until 1981 that Lloyd decided to break a decade of silence in the jazz world when a remarkable 18-year-old French pianist, Michel Petrucciani, arrived in Big Sur. Lloyd was compelled to help introduce this gifted artist to the world. This led to American, European and Japanese tours in 1982 and 1983 with Petrucciani on piano, Palle Danielsson on bass and Son Ship drummer Theus. British jazz critic Brian Case called Lloyd’s comeback “one of the events of the 1980s”.
Lloyd made his first recording for ECM Records, “Fish Out of Water” in 1989. Over thirty years later, he’s still with the label, and still searching for “sound” and truth. From 1989 Lloyd actively toured and recorded for the ECM label. Notable albums include “Canto”, “Voice In The Night”, “The Water Is Wide”, with Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Grenadier and Billy Higgins, “Lift Every Voice” (with Geri Allen) and the live ‘Rabo de Nube’ with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland. ‘Rabo de Nube’, captured ‘live’ at its premiere, was voted #1 recording in the Jazz Times Readers & Critics Poll in 2008. ‘Mirror’ (2010) has already been called a ‘classic Charles Lloyd”.
At 84, Lloyd remains a vital and creative force in the world of music and the arts.
CHARLES LLOYD TRIO Tickets & Show Schedule 2022Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club’s 2022 show schedule now includes 9 NEA Jazz Masters, 51 GRAMMY® Award-winning artists, 45 Blues Music Award winners and a full roster of talented musicians with over 575 GRAMMY® Award nominations. Tickets for the CHARLES LLOYD TRIO at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club, as well as the current list of shows for 2022, are available on Jimmy’s online events calendar at: http://www.jimmysoncongress.com/ events or on Ticketmaster.com.
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