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Charles Lloyd

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.

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