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Rhodes To Bring World Class Jazz Saxophonist To Campus and City To Honor Him With Brass Note

Publication Date: 4/9/2012

Two historic events will take place this week regarding internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd who will make his first appearance in Memphis since 1964, thanks to the efforts of Rhodes′ Mike Curb Institute for Music.

On Wednesday, April 11, at 11 a.m., Lloyd will be honored with a note on the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame at a ceremony that will take place at Alfred’s locatedĀ at 197 Beale Street. Lloyd’s note is the 117th to be dedicated for the walk which stretches along Beale from Second to Fourth. This event is open to the public.

On Thursday, April 12 at 8 p.m., Lloyd will perform in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center on the Rhodes campus with his New Quartet featuring Jason Moran (piano), Eric Harland (drums), and Reuben Rogers (bass). General admission is $15. Tickets are available for purchase in limited quantities through http://alumni.rhodes.edu/charleslloyd.

Born in Memphis in 1938, Lloyd began playing the saxophone at the age of nine. Pianist Phineas was among his early mentors, and Lloyd was classmates at Manassas High with George Coleman, Booker Little, Harold Mabern, and Frank Strozier, who would all go on to become famous professional musicians. As a teenager, Lloyd not only learned from great Memphis musicians, but also he played professionally as a sideman with Bobby Blue Bland, B.B. King, Johnny Ace, and Howlin’ Wolf, and performed as a member of Phineas Newborn’s orchestra.

In 1956, Lloyd moved to Los Angeles and earned a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Lloyd joined Chico Hamilton’s band in 1960 and eventually became the group’s “music director.” In 1964, he left Hamilton′s group to join alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderly, and he also returned to Memphis to perform with Adderly. That was the last time he was in Memphis. However since the 1960s, Lloyd has been among the most respected jazz musicians in the world.

His album “Forest Flower” was one of the first jazz recordings to sell one million copies. He was part of the first privately funded American jazz group to play in the Soviet Union, and his quartet was the first jazz group to perform at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.

“Rhodes and the Mike Curb Institute are especially proud to be hosting Charles Lloyd’s return to Memphis,” says Dr. John Bass, director of the Mike Curb Institute for Music. “Lloyd’s distinguished career represents another chapter in the incredible musical legacy of the city, and these events will allow the community to celebrate his career and experience the high level of art he continues to create.”

The Rhodes concert is sponsored by the Mike Curb Institute for Music, CODA at Rhodes, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Rhodes, with an additional grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College was founded in 2006 through a generous gift from the Mike Curb Family Foundation to foster awareness and understanding of the distinct musical traditions of the South and to study the effect music has had on its culture, history, and economy. Through the areas of preservation, research, leadership, and civic responsibility, the Institute provides support and opportunities for students and faculty, in partnership with the community, to experience and celebrate what Mr. Curb calls the “Tennessee Music Miracle.”

Tags: Arts/Performances, Events, Honors


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barbcole April 16, 2012

Charles Lloyd and his group was very enjoyable. Thanks for bringing him back to Memphis....We look forward to the next time