What: Charles Lloyd – Jason Moran Duo
Where: Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North Street
Time: 7:30 pm | Tickets: $75, $55
Iconic saxophonist/flautist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran have teamed up for a magnificent duet album called Hagar’s Song, and the Healdsburg Jazz Festival will be the site of their exclusive U.S. performance in 2013.
At 75, Lloyd has reached a new creative peak, and there’s no question that Moran is a huge part of it. Hagar’s Song is centered on Lloyd’s five-part evocation of his great, great grandmother, Hagar, born into slavery and sold away from her parents at ten years of age.
On the CD Lloyd also situates himself and Moran in the family of American musicians Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, George Gershwin, Earl Hines, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson. The playing is so deeply felt on “Mood Indigo,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” “I Shall Be Released,” “God Only Knows” and others that the connection becomes tangible, sealed by the empathy Lloyd and Moran have for each other after now playing together for six years.