Problem solver: Charles Lloyd
Saxophonist Charles Lloyd long ago solved one of the jazz world’s ongoing dilemmas: how to attract young people to the music. Lloyd’s quartet of the 1960s, with pianist Keith Jarrett, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and bassist Cecil McBee captured the ears of both jazz die-hards and flower children with its imaginative interplay and melodic story lines. Lloyd added a spiritual approach to his music that drew from a background in the blues, and the results were at once emotionally moving and joyful. Lloyd continues to put together fine bands — the one he brings to the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29, includes pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland — and always performs in ways that touch listeners with impassioned, meaningful expression. Tickets for Lloyd’s concert, part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival, are $20-$60 and can be purchased at the Lensic box office, 211 W. San Francisco St.; by calling 505-988-1234; or at www.ticketssantafe.org.
— Bill Kohlhaase