Sax man Charles Lloyd to appear at the Dakota

 Charles Lloyd Photo by D. Darr
Charles Lloyd
Photo by D. Darr


Whenever master saxophonist Charles Lloyd appears at the Dakota, it’s a beloved occasion.

Not to mention, the crowd capacity for these sort of memorable events are always to the max.

Next week, Lloyd returns to the Dakota just in time to celebrate his 75th birthday with performances on March 10-11, sets at 7 and 9 pm. He was born on March 15 in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the late 1960s, Lloyd has continued to make rare concert appearances around the world.

Carlos Santana once said that Charles Lloyd is an international treasure. This much is true. So, come ready to celebrate Lloyd’s birthday at the Dakota, but also be prepared to witness a jazz icon who continues to have plenty to say.

And he’s saying plenty by also employing some of the finest young jazz talent in the business. For the upcoming Dakota engagements, Lloyd will perform with his new Sky Trio, consisting of high-caliber musicians, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland, along with special guest pianist Gerald Clayton who plays with some of the most talked about bands on the scene. You might recall Clayton’s exuberant playing from his previous gigs with trumpeter Roy Hargrove at the Dakota a few years back.

If you’ve ever experienced Lloyd’s music live, you know that his tenor saxophone or flute playing is extremely spiritual, always evolving, and ever soulful. That sentiment would also apply, if you’ve ever listened to his solos on any number of his albums from ECM Records, including his new duo album Hagar’s Song which was just released on Tuesday, February 26, and features pianist Jason Moran.

Lloyd received international acclaim with his late 1960s quartet, which featured pianist Keith Jarrett. His most popular composition is “Forest Flower,” from the album by the same name, which became a huge commercial hit.


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