Charles Lloyd

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One of the most popular jazz musicians in the world during the late 1960s, tenor-saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd has continued to grow in depth, creativity and spirituality since those days. Born in 1938 in Memphis, Lloyd began on the saxophone when he was 9 and took music lessons from pianist Phineas Newborn. He gained early experience playing the blues with B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and Bobby “Blue” Bland, also gigging with the up-and-comers on the Memphis jazz scene, including trumpeter Booker Little. After moving to Los Angeles in 1956, Lloyd earned a degree in music from USC and played locally with the Gerald Wilson Big Band. His first big break was joining the Chico Hamilton Quintet in 1960. Lloyd persuaded Hamilton to drop the cello in his chamber jazz group and have a more hard bop-oriented band with trombone and guitarist Gabor Szabo. Lloyd spent 1964-65 as a member of the Cannonball Adderley Sextet. He also began to record as a leader.

In 1966 he formed the Charles Lloyd Quartet, a group featuring pianist Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee (succeeded by Ron McClure) on bass and drummer Jack DeJohnette. They were the hit of the 1966 Monterey Jazz Festival, Lloyd’s Forest Flower became famous and the band often appeared opposite rock groups, including bookings at the Fillmore West. Their music alternated between soulful and free, funky and inspired by John Coltrane. In 1968 the group broke up and Lloyd became semi-retired for the next dozen years, although he did emerge to play with the Beach Boys on a few occasions in the 1970s. In the early 1980s pianist Michel Petrucciani searched for him, found Lloyd and persuaded him to play again. After drifting back into retirement in the mid-1980s, in 1989 Lloyd returned and since then has done some of his finest work. Lloyd’s post-1989 bands have included such notables as pianists Bobo Stenson, Brad Mehldau, Geri Allen and Jason Moran, guitarist John Abercrombie, bassists Larry Grenadier and Reuben Rogers and drummers Billy Higgins, Billy Hart and Eric Harland.

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09/09/13    Concerts    By Mike Shanley

Review: The 34th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

08/13/13    Albums    By Ted Panken

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05/08/13    Albums    By Lloyd Sachs

Hagar's Song
Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran

04/13/13    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Field Notes: Charles Lloyd @ 75

01/14/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

15th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

04/18/12    News    By Megan Kaplon

Charles Lloyd Honored on Beale Street Walk of Fame

01/13/12    JT Notes    By Evan Haga

JT's Editor Introduces the Jan.-Feb. 2012 Issue

11/09/11    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Skopje Jazz Festival, October 20-24, 2011

11/07/11    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Belgrade Jazz Festival, October 27-30, 2011

10/26/11    Features    By Thomas Conrad

Dream Weavers: Charles Lloyd’s Piano Legacy

10/24/11    Features    By Ashley Kahn

Charles Lloyd: We Must Sing the Song

07/14/11    Concerts    By Michael J. West

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2011

03/22/11    Concerts    By Perry Tannenbaum

Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center

March 2011    Farewells    By Charles Lloyd

Buddy Collette

January/February 2011    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

Critics’ Picks: Top 50 CDs

10/22/10    Albums    By Carlo Wolff

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10/22/10    Albums    By Carlo Wolff

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09/17/10    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium: Long Live AACM and ECM!

05/04/09    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Zakir Hussain’s ‘Perspectives’ at Carnegie Hall

January/February 2009    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Top 50 CDs

September 2008    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Rabo De Nube
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08/05/08    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Umbria Jazz '08

06/28/08    Concerts    By Geoffrey Himes

Charles Lloyd Quartet at JVC - New York

June 2008    At Home    By Josef Woodard

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02/27/07    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Portland Jazz Festival: A Celebration of ECM

09/19/06    Concerts    By Scott Yanow

Monterey Jazz Festival 2006

May 2006    Albums    By David R. Adler

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May 2006    Albums    By David R. Adler

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07/12/05    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2005

June 2005    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Jumping the Creek
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June 2005    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Jumping the Creek
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June 2005    Features    By Joshua Redman

Sonny Rollins Interviewed by Joshua Redman: Newk's Time

March 2005    Cadenza    By Gary Giddins

Last Year's CD Shelf

June 2004    Features    By Ashley Kahn

Charles Lloyd and Billy Higgins: The Seekers

June 2004    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Which Way Is East
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07/30/03    Concerts    By Ira Gitler

My Summer in Italy

December 2002    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Lift Every Voice
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11/06/01    Concerts    By Bill Bennett

San Francisco Jazz Festival 2001

October 2001    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Hyperion With Higgins
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07/29/01    Concerts    By Jack McCray

Charles Lloyd Live at the 2001 Spoleto Festival

07/16/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Estoril Jazz Festival 2001

November 2000    Albums    By Willard Jenkins

The Water is Wide
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October 1999    Albums    By Tom Terrell

Just Before Sunrise
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October 1999    Albums    By Tom Terrell

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October 1997    Albums    By Owen Cordle

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