Featuring Gerald Clayton, Larry Grenadier, and Eric Harland
In 2015, saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd was inducted as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master—a distinction reserved for living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of the genre. His work is rooted in fusing jazz with non-Western musical styles, ever broadening as he continues his “compulsion to draw connections—between cultural ideals, between stylistic traditions, between modernity and what he calls ‘the wisdom of the ancients’” (The New York Times). Lloyd will return to Spoleto Festival USA (previously here in 2001 and 1994) with a quartet of dynamic musicians a generation or more his junior: pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Eric Harland. Audiences can expect astonishing “postbop fire, bluesy crosstalk and lucid incantation” (The New York Times), to name just a few possibilities. His endless pilgrimage as a “sound seeker” makes each performance an inimitable offering.