2024 Spoleto Festival USA performer Charles Lloyd has released the first single off his upcoming album, The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow, due out March 15. Selected by The New York Times for its playlist of the most notable new tracks. Lloyd’s debut single, “Monk’s Dance,” is an auspicious preview of what promises to be one the celebrated jazz artist’s most significant recordings to date. Excerpt from The New York Times: 


“The saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s composition “Monk’s Dance” pays homage to the pianist Thelonious Monk, and he shares it with a redoubtable pianist: Jason Moran, who starts the track with a skittery, vertiginous, harmonically restless intro that also hints at ragtime. Lloyd, at 85, zooms through and above the tune’s convolutions with Olympian ease as Moran, the bassist Larry Grenadier and the drummer Brian Blade chase along.” 

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Charles Lloyd

Unsettled by the state of the world in 2020, Charles Lloyd began conceiving of a musical offering in the form of a new studio recording featuring a new band, a quartet that would be a first-time convening of four distinctive voices: Lloyd on saxophone, joined by pianist Jason Moran, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Brian Blade. In Spring 2023, near Lloyd’s 85th birthday, the project came to fruition with an expansive double album titled The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow. A majestic body of work that finds one of the most significant musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries still at the peak of his powers, the album presents a collection of Lloyd originals new, old, and reimagined. 

Lloyd, along with Moran, Grenadier, and Blade will be performing works from The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow on Friday, May 31 at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre. Get your tickets here. 

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