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Acclaimed Jazz Masters Charles Lloyd New Quartet to Perform as Part of Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series

January 11, 2011

Buffalo, NY – The Charles Lloyd New Quartet will perform as part of the 2010–2011 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Sunday, January 30, at 4 pm, in the Gallery’s Auditorium. The concert will be the first area performance for saxophonist Lloyd—one of the true visionary jazz masters—in more than forty years.

"Follow the career of Charles Lloyd, and you see a map of great jazz across half a century" (The New York Times). Born in Memphis in 1938, Lloyd accompanied blues legends like B. B. King and Howlin' Wolf before playing in the bands of jazz greats Chico Hamilton and Cannonball Adderley. He established himself as a leader in 1966 with a group that introduced Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette to the music world. The band was a hit with jazz and rock audiences alike—becoming the first jazz group to headline at the Fillmore West—and sold millions of records worldwide before disbanding in 1968. Deemed an "international treasure" by Carlos Santana, Lloyd has been credited by many musicians with anticipating the World Music movement. Since 1989, he has recorded a series of highly acclaimed albums featuring his charismatic soaring-spirit sound for the ECM label.

Lloyd's current New Quartet ensemble—considered by many to be his best ever—features bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Eric Harland, and pianist Jason Moran, recipient of a 2010 MacArthur "genius" grant. The quartet's latest album, Mirror (ECM), was just named New Release of the Year in the JazzTimes Readers Poll, with both Lloyd and Moran cited as Artists of the Year. Both Mirror and Moran's latest album, Ten (Blue Note), have been named the top CDs of the year in the JazzTimes and Village Voice critics' polls as well as by The New York Times.

The group's appearance at the Albright-Knox comes just one day after their much-anticipated debut at New York’s Lincoln Center. Art of Jazz Series Producer Bruce Eaton explains, "This concert is a rare opportunity to hear a band of this extraordinary brilliance in one of the best venues for live jazz in North America."

Tickets are $25 for Albright-Knox Art Gallery Members and $29 for non-members, and can be purchased at the Gallery's Admissions Desk or online at The remaining performances this season are the Robert Glasper Trio on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at 3 pm; and the Pete Malinverni Trio on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 8 pm.

The Gallery's restaurant, AK café, will be open for lunch prior to the Charles Lloyd New Quartet concert from noon to 3 pm. For lunch reservations, which are highly recommended, please call 716.270.8223.