Charles Lloyd & The Marvels: 80th Birthday Celebration
About Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Charles Lloyd was only 29 years old when TIME magazine noted one of his most distinguishing and enduring traits. It was 1967, and Lloyd had led the first jazz group ever to perform at San Francisco’s counter-cultural hotspot, the Fillmore. “Though modern jazz normally goes over with teens like a 9pm curfew,” TIME wrote, “Lloyd’s passionate attack holds them spellbound.” Lloyd—now celebrating his 80th birthday with us in Rose Theater—is an NEA Jazz Master, saxophone titan, bandleader, and composer with a rare crossover appeal. To this day, he performs his soulful music with a fervor and emotional abandon that connects with a diverse community of listeners.
Lloyd formed his historic quartet with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette, bringing improvised jazz to brand-new audiences and recording one of the first jazz albums to sell a million copies. A veritable rock star, Lloyd then shared bills and recording dates with the Grateful Dead, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, and the Beach Boys. His current band, The Marvels, is perfect for his stylistically varied and spiritually engaging music.
Featuring Lloyd’s longtime rhythm section of bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, plus pedal steel guitar master Greg Leisz and singular six-stringer Bill Frisell, The Marvels play new originals, Lloyd classics, and transformative versions of American roots music, gospel, rock and pop hits, Mexican folk songs, and much more.
Free pre-concert discussion nightly at 7pm.