The Center presents
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
at the Palladium
Thursday, April 20 at 7:30pm | $25-$85
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels Featuring Bill Frisell
with Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland & Greg Leisz
Few music careers are as enduring and wide-ranging as that of saxophonist-composer Charles Lloyd, and few musicians continue to push the boundaries of jazz so consistently after six decades in the business.
As a teen in the 1950s, Lloyd played sideman to such blues greats as Howlin’ Wolf and B.B. King and later made a name on the L.A. jazz scene among the likes of Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. In the ’60s, he became one of the first jazz artists to cross the 1 million mark in album sales and the first jazz artist to play San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore Auditorium.
Known for incorporating non-Western influences and cultivating young talent in his combos, Lloyd stepped back for a time before returning to jazz in the late ’80s. He has since released more than a dozen albums and continues to tour widely. Recent honors have included the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2014 Jazz Legend Award and the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2015 Jazz Master Fellowship.
Lloyd’s current project, Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, is a characteristically unusual ensemble with Reuben Rogers on bass, Eric Harland on drums, sought-after session man Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar and Bill Frisell – himself a legend in jazz, folk and rock circles – on guitar. Their 2016 album I Long to See You reinvents familiar folk and pop melodies and features Willie Nelson and Norah Jones as special guests.
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