Wednesday, April 02, 2014

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: "Talking Jazz With Charles Lloyd: Sage Wisdom From A Prodigal Son Of The Memphis Sound"~4/13/2012

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: "Talking Jazz With Charles Lloyd: Sage Wisdom From A Prodigal Son Of The Memphis Sound"~4/13/2012
 Perfect Timing: Bro. Ron aka r2c2h2 tha artivist presenting 2012-2013 Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Award to Jazz Master & Memphis Native Bro. Charles Lloyd after lecture @ Rhodes College in Memphis, Tn...The Rhodes jazz concert on Thursday 3-12-2012 marked Lloyd's first time back to perform in Memphis since perfoming in Julian Cannonball Adderly's band back in 1964~4-13-2012

Jesus said to them,
"A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his
own relatives, and in his own house."~Mark 6:4

Charles Lloyd was born March 15, 1938, in Memphis, Tennessee. From an early age, he was immersed in that city's rich musical life and was exposed to jazz. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 9. Pianist Phineas Newborn became his mentor, and took him to Irvin Reason for lessons. Lloyd worked in Phineas Sr’s band, and from the age of 12 worked as sideman in the blues bands of B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnnie Ace, Bobbie “Blue” Bland, and others. His closest friend in high-school was trumpeter, Booker Little.

Charles Lloyd’s classic album, Forest Flower, was one of the first jazz albums to sell a million copies…He was the first jazz musician to play the Soviet Union at that time privately funded and he was the first jazz artist to play the legendary Fillmore West auditorium in San Francisco being featured alongside such luminaries as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, & The Grateful Dead…
In spite of all these amazing achievements and so much more, the last time Lloyd played in his hometown was in 1964 as a sideman with the legendary jazz alto saxophonist Julian Cannonball Adderly…Hard to believe it has taken nearly 50 years for him to come back but in spite of the numerous festivals and other events that take place annually in Memphis no one did invite him to perform until Dr. John Bass, the director of the Mike Curb Institute at Rhodes College, had the courage to do so. 

  And it definitely was a true homecoming fit for music royalty…First Lloyd on Wednesday (4/11/2012) was honored with his own brass note (equivalent to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) on a legendary street he helped to make famous: Beale Street…On Thursday he played at a sold out performance featuring his critically acclaimed quartet, the New Quartet @ Rhodes College…The emotional response and applause was so great that after the two hour tour de force Lloyd and his group came back out to play an encore performance…You can tell the whole
experience was very cathartic for him and gave him true peace of mind after nearly 50 years…
And to top it off he held a music workshop and presentation where he spoke very candidly as
well as with a sense of comedic timing reminiscent of a Richard Pryor in his prime 
about his early days in Memphis, his special relationships with fellow Memphians and jazz
deities as he called them pianist Phineas Newborn and trumpeter Booker Little as well
as about the explosive and competitive jazz scene in the 50s and 60s…He also offered
some invaluable gems of wisdom as it relates to life in general but seen through the prism of
a very brilliant artist and ageless ‘hue-man’ spirit who is approaching the winter of his life
with true courage, wit and conviction…The following film is from  his music workshop
lecture Friday (4/13/2012) @ Rhodes College…

And The Best IYet To Come!!!


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