Program Wednesday July 24th 2019
Wednesday, July 24th – 10:30pm
“Follow the career of Charles Lloyd, and you see a map of great jazz across half a century. His shows, full of momentum and intuition, perfectly represent the idea that the best jazz needs to be experienced live.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Charles Lloyd is a vital pillar of the triumvirate of living jazz saxophone legends that includes Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins. He has spent his entire career on a journey to innovatively explore the spiritual realms of wonder and beauty. In December 2016, the esteemed magazine The Atlantic ran the in-depth profile “The Re-Flowering: Charles Lloyd's Second Golden Age,” proffering that “The jazz saxophonist went from 1960s pop stardom to years of self-imposed exile, but he’s now producing some of the best music of his career.”
Lloyd’s wide recognition in recent years includes being named a 2015 NEA Jazz Master, receiving an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in 2015, and last year being inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. This year he has been honored by the renowned New York jazz cultural center, The Jazz Gallery, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wednesday, July 24th – 08:30pm
Pianist Aaron Parks released his Blue Note debut "Invisible Cinema" at the age of 25 following threeBlue Note releases with trumpeter Terence Blanchard. The BBC declared it “one of the great albums of 2008.” JazzTimes hailed him as "a new visionary.” The San Jose Mercury News named his “Alive inJapan” release as their 2013 Top Jazz Album of the year. He has released two albums on ECM includinga solo piano album and a trio record featuring Billy Hart and Ben Street.
Little Big, the new band from pianist/composer Aaron Parks, could in some ways be seen as acontinuation of the trajectory set on his 2008 record “Invisible Cinema,” with a deeper commitment tomelodic songwriting, modern rhythms, and immersive storytelling. With members Greg Tuohey(guitar), DJ Ginyard (electric bass), and Tommy Crane (drums) bringing their experiences not only fromjazz and improvised music but also electronica, R&B, indie pop, alt-country, and much more, this isgenre-fluid music which creates a world of its own.
Parks has performed and recorded with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dhafer Youssef, Terri Lyne Carrington,Ambrose Akinmusire, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott, and Marcus Miller, among others. He is also afounding member of James Farm with Joshua Redman, Matt Penman and Eric Harland. His latestproject “Aaron Parks & Little Big” debuted in 2018.