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Charles Lloyd Honored on Beale Street Walk of Fame

Plays in Memphis for first time since 1964

Jason Moran, Charles Lloyd, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Oct. 2011
Charles Lloyd, Skopje Jazz Festival, Oct. 2011
Charles Lloyd receives his "note" on Beale Street

It’s been a long time since Charles Lloyd played a concert in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. On Wednesday, April 11, this veteran sax player returned home to receive a note on the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame, and on Thursday he played for a local audience at Rhodes College, his first Memphis concert since 1964. In the meantime Lloyd has played with greats that range from the Beach Boys to B.B. King and Cannonball Adderley.

Lloyd, 74, picked up the saxophone at the age of 9 and by the time he was 12 was performing professionally on Beale Street. In 1965, he went on to form his own quartet with Keith Jarrett on piano, Cecil McBee on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. Today, his quartet consists of Jason Moran on piano, Reuben Roger on bass and Eric Harland on the drums, and it was this group that played at Rhodes.

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